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October 31, 2014

Deal Wants to Restrict Access to Emergency Rooms

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.”

  • BigE723

    I know it’s part of the rules of writing to put the abbreviation for the political party after a person’s name, but really…did we need the (R) to know this guy was a Republican? He wants to hurt the poor, and take away access to health care.

    • Jesse4

      So true!

  • DragonAtma

    You want a compromise that restricts access to emergency rooms? Fine.

    Sitting governors and members of congress are banned from emergency rooms, even if they have a gaping chest wound; everyone else is allowed in. Democrats get their health care and republicans get their restrictions, so it’s a win-win situation!

  • easton

    No Deal, No. Ahole. So if a person is jogging and gets hit by a car but has no id let him die on the street to save money. Deal better not go jogging then.

  • PhilSimms97

    It is worth discussing….for instance if you are uninsured because you
    opted out of Obamacare the emergency room perhaps should not be required
    to take you….

  • Gregory Williams

    He wants “WHITES ONLY” to be legalized again and to give administrators and other non-medical persons the right to refuse service before people see a doctor … to many hospitals already consider their obligations met if they can stabilize a patient so they can die elsewhere even when they could be successfully treated and saved in the emergency room.

    Deal is a corrupt thug who the DOJ should be bringing to prosecution PERIOD.

    • Richard Tebaldi

      Racist! Are you saying only non whites are poor and can’t afford health care? If so,see my opinion of your views above.

  • Jim

    The vast majority of emergency physicians (and I am one of them) never needed EMTALA to begin with–any of us would treat a seriously ill or badly injured person that showed up at the door, no matter what; it’s a big part of what we do, and fits with the Hippocratic Oath;
    Now…where we as emergency physicians need EMTALA is so that we’re not constantly butting heads with some in administration that would love to see us turn people away, especially if they could do a ‘wallet biopsy’ first.
    Like anything else, it’s an imperfect law, and can always be tweaked and made better, but it’s most definitely needed in it’s base form

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