Deal Wants to Restrict Access to Emergency Rooms
Posted at 7:37 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2014
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) “has often called on Congress to reconsider the Affordable Care Act. But on Monday evening, he pushed his former Washington colleagues to revisit a separate health care law that fewer politicians openly critique,” the Newnan Times Herald reports.
“The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act is a 1986 law that requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay. It’s provided life-saving care to countless people, but it’s also strained hospital resources and turned emergency rooms into the first stop, instead of a last resort, for some.”
Said Deal: “If they really want to get serious about lowering the cost of health care in this country, they would revisit another federal statute that has been there for a long time. It came as a result of bad facts, and we have a saying that bad facts make bad law.”