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  •  Thank you, doctor (and also...) (2+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, catilinus

    Thank you for what you do, and for giving us this perspective.

    It's been said before, and it will be said again, but I wanted to add:

    The other thing politicians who spout the "they can just go to the ER" line of BS conveniently ignore is the fact that WE ALL PAY FOR THAT EMERGENCY ROOM CARE.

    They seem to want us to think that ER care is magically free, so no one NEEDS to have healthcare coverage to get taken care of as long as they just drop in to their local ER.

    But of course those costs are passed back to the entire taxpaying public, and inflated by all the factors you discussed and many more.  So the whole argument is nothing but a giant pile of self-serving baloney.

    Of course serving up baloney is what we appear to be paying most of our politicians to do anyway.

    •  absolutely true. (1+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53

      free care in the ER is not free.  The hospital pays, the state pays.... we all pay.  And we pay through the nose.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      by ERdoc in PA on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 01:57:41 PM PST

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    •  Very true Idles, (0+ / 0-)

      that is the implicit meme...

      so no one NEEDS to have healthcare coverage to get taken care of as long as they just drop in to their local ER.
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      by catilinus on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 10:32:35 PM PST

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