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GOP Lawmaker: Emergency Rooms Should Turn People Away To Save Money

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Rep. Diane Black proposed that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep costs down.

President Ronald Reagan signed a law in 1986 that prohibits emergency rooms from sending patients away, a practice that disproportionately affected the unemployed and people of color. But Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who is also running for governor, believes the law should be repealed in an effort to keep health care costs down.

“I’m an emergency room nurse,” Black told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Friday. “There are people that came into my emergency room that I, the nurse, was the first one to see them. I could have sent them to a walk-in clinic or their doctor the next day, but because of a law that Congress put into place to say, no, I have to treat everybody that walks into that emergency room.”

Not only should this woman be removed from any position of power over others but she shouldn't be allowed children or animals. This is beyond belief.

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I do not believe her fake excuse for the inexcusable. If those people had medical insurance they wouldn't need the emergency room. As a Disabled Veteran that would be the only way that I could get any care out side of my service connected injury. The VA will only give me care for my spine injury, Only!
Because of my Service Connected Injury, I was not allowed medical insurance!

Gwen, Obamacare was supposed to accept pre existing conditions are you saying that Obama care does not accept pre existing conditions?

Insurance or no insurance, the "Emergency" room is for emergencies whether your insured or not. I'm tired of a person coming to the ER for a cold. We have an epidemic in this country and I guess the first thing that needs to be done to correct it is to teach adults the definition of an emergency and then hold special classes in schools to teach the kids what the definition of an emergency is. Obviously, the sick elderly or people that have an Auto Immune Disease with a minor illness would obviously be accepted. We've just had too much abuse of the system. My illegal workers love the ER, it's like free cake to them.

Well, she is talking about redirecting non-urgent cases to their physician or local clinic, if you read the article. Why should someone be treated at the emergency room for the common cold?

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