Are there no workhouses?

Talking Points Memo

Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain’s health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

Okay, this is not quite the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, but Goodman is certainly working hard to get in the running. Ask the people who pay three times the insurance-company rate for the same care at the ER or the rest of the hospital, and who stand to lose savings, car, house as a result whether they’re effectively insured. Heck, ask the people whose insurance company declines payment because they didn’t call three days ahead of time to get clearance for and ER visit whether they’re effectively insured.

Sometimes it seems the GOP isn’t even trying to pretend they care about the non-rich any more.


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