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  •  The stupidest thing he's said all year (11+ / 0-)

    And that's saying something.

    Even if people can obtain treatment for acute illness in an ER setting, that is far from the whole answer, and, in fact, is often the very most wrong answer.  An ER will provide treatment, as Mittens says, for an acute episode like a heart attack, but they won't provide ongoing clinical assessment and treatment, adjust medication, monitor response, provide education, advice and support like a treating primary care provider (PCP).

    Consider one chronic illness that is an underlying cause of death in many cases, Type II diabetes. The only thing an ER can do is provide stabilizing care in the most extreme situations such as diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening situation. What diabetics need, however (and I am one), is a provider who will help them monitor blood sugar, adjust medication, provide or refer for foot and eye care, and so on. None of that is provided in an ER setting, it only comes from a long term regular provider, either an individual PCP, or better, a team of providers. In the absence of substantial personal wealth,  in the USA that means insurance.

    Every other chronic illness requires similar ongoing care from a providing clinic or physician. No exceptions. Anyone who says anything else does not understand how medicine works. For that statement alone, Mitt Romney is not qualified to be President, or even hold office.

    No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken

    by jim0121 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 11:12:55 PM PDT

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