House Republicans have tried 40 times to repeal/defund the Affordable Care Act, despite knowing their efforts would go nowhere, despite knowing that the Senate would never pass it, and despite knowing that President Obama would veto it. Their priority was catering to their base instead of trying to pass laws that would benefit all Americans, help create jobs, improve education, and protect our civil rights.
And every time the GOP persists in their redundant, time-wasting stupidity, they're asked, "Okay, geniuses, what exactly will you replace Obamacare with?"
Their response? *Crickets.*
Now Heritage president and former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint has finally come up with the answer! Yes, at long last Republicans have a health care plan of their own to offer America!
He announced the Big New Idea at a town hall in Tampa, Florida: Uninsured Americans “will get better health care just going to the emergency room.”
Of course! Brilliant! Why didn't we think of that?!
Oh wait, we did. Because that's what people without insurance have been forced to do for years.
The so-called “free” care at emergency rooms is a result of The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or (EMTALA), which requires hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to treat patients for emergency medical conditions regardless of legal status or ability to pay. But EMTALA only applies to medical emergencies like heart attacks or serious injury. It does not offer any treatment for chronic conditions, leaving the millions of Americans with diabetes who need regular access to medication to stay alive, or asthma patients, or women diagnosed with breast cancer without access to care.
Studies also show that not all emergency room patients have equal outcomes. The uninsured who suffer “traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance.”
GOP motto: If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.