GOP Lawmaker: Emergency Rooms Should Turn People Away To Save Money

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Rep. Diane Black proposed that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep costs down.

President Ronald Reagan signed a law in 1986 that prohibits emergency rooms from sending patients away, a practice that disproportionately affected the unemployed and people of color. But Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who is also running for governor, believes the law should be repealed in an effort to keep health care costs down.

“I’m an emergency room nurse,” Black told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Friday. “There are people that came into my emergency room that I, the nurse, was the first one to see them. I could have sent them to a walk-in clinic or their doctor the next day, but because of a law that Congress put into place to say, no, I have to treat everybody that walks into that emergency room.”

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Dr Phillip
Dr Phillip

I'm a retired MD. I wouldn't hire this alleged nurse to work in my office. I always accepted Medicare and Medicaid patients and some that had no insurance and couldn't pay. Medical care is now a business run by corporations. Every day I read on Doximity (a medical social platform) complaints and stuff about "doctor burnout" and all the unnecessary tests and documentation. Turning away poor patients won't reduce costs because the hospitals charge whatever they want and will continue to do so. I'd like to see Ms Black's reaction when a clinic turns her down because she's not on their list of her insurance company's providers. This happened to me when my insurance Aetna, stopped their contract with Swedish Hospital in Seattle. I had to go all over looking for a doctor who was accepting new patients.

Chrystal1$
Chrystal1$

we have a crisis in our Healthcare System because it is for profit.

Let's Go
Let's Go

Historians will have no problem labeling these past two years as the most nauseous, debilitating, and disgusting years in the country's history.

speakeasy29
speakeasy29

This is what happens when you let hospitals decide who to treat. I've been in health care for thirty years. I took my first blood pressure in 1986, when EMTALA went into effect. This stupid tool is just an old half-wit staff nurse who worked her way up the nursing food chain and has no clue that it is the current health care system that causes ER overcrowding, not the poor.

EMTALA only has authority over emergency rooms, not anywhere else. Urgent Care clinics are totally allowed to refuse you without insurance, as well as any hospital or doctor. So that's why the ER is overcrowded, because people without insurance can't be seen anywhere else.

If ERs get to decide who to treat, you know, 'triage the sick', and send those that can wait until the morning home, "those people" get turned away anywhere else, or have to pay up-front, and then have to pay for the medicine, because looking in your ears and taking a sputum sample doesn't cure you by any means, it's the prescription that you really need, not some stiff shirt in a tie telling you to drink liquids, stay in bed, and get some rest, and because "those people" don't get the script, they get sicker, and come back to the ER in the back of a bus, convulsing from fever, with a cooked brain. Guess how much a cooked brain costs.

She has no business opening her mouth about health care, let alone any laws. She's a tool propped up by racists, to ignorantly do their bidding, and they sell her to idiot republicans as having years of health care experience. I've met a million of these old biddies, who get all huffy because they have to deal with the drunk homeless guy that got his foot ran over because he stepped off the curb. Go home and churn some butter, grandma, and all you nurses who get picky about who they choose to touch. You should have never gone into nursing if you didn't want to care for the sick. Florence Nightingale is rolling in the grave.

You see, the REAL problem is that her and her kind have to wait for all "those other people", when they go to the ER because they cut their hand carving the roast, ruining dinner and now it'll be too late to play bridge, by the time they get stitched up, because of all "those people".

EMTALA, the law she wants to change, ensures that anyone who presents to an emergency room wishing to be treated, must be accepted, if that emergency room ever wants to bill and receive medicare or medicaid dollars from the government, for those folks that have medicare or medicaid.

The most moral law to ever effect the health care industry (and don't you ever forget that as long as we don't have universal health care, health care will always be an 'industry') and probably the best thing Reagan ever did for this country, other than tearing down that wall.

Don't mess with EMTALA. If you do, the blood of the poor will be on your hands. Haven't the poor any hope in America, or is it all just about the money. Vote as far left as possible, this November.
An atheist wrote this, btw.

n70
n70

I think you have a good solution there. Kill a few of them, and the rest will pretend to find human compassion. Or kill all of them and replace them with humans.

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