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View Diary: What you should know about health insurance industry lobbyists and their lies (276 comments)

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  •  ER care is not healthcare (8+ / 0-)

    Right now, we do have universal health care in America -- it's embodied in the law that says that hospitals cannot turn away emergency cases.

    That is EMTALA and it was enacted to prevent hospitals from dumping ER patients and turning them away. That hardly qualifies for healthcare. Someone with an acute heart attack will probably get appropriate ER and hospital care, but the fact he/she got to that point is damage done and cannot be undone.
    ER fees are astronomical and while someone may get care, they are likely to get a bill that is 3-5x what insurance will pay. Look at any EOB and you will see.

    Not that I don't agree with those also, but it seems to still buy into the same fundamentally wrong paradigm -- that without health insurance, you die.

    that is not wrong, without health insurance you die. A slow death, but you die.

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