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 Diane Black (R-TN), who is also running for governor, believes the law should be repealed in an effort to keep health care costs down.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.”