Tag: Health care in the United States

Do you ever wonder how some people got their job?

I know I do, it seems that stupidity and incompetence are pre-requisites for certain jobs,especially jobs that should require a bit of brains. Apparently, these traits are also important if you are a Supreme Court Justice named Sonia Sotomayor as well. American Thinker’s Jason Lee looks at the justice’s shocking cluelessness

The liberal Supreme Court justices have demonstrated profound and shocking ignorance of the American health care system.  Here’s one of the most jarring examples:

“What percentage of the American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and that child was turned away because the parent didn’t have insurance,” asked Sotomayor, “… do you think there’s a large percentage of the American population that would stand for the death of that child — (who) had an allergic reaction and a simple shot would have saved the child?”

I have a precise answer for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The percentage of American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and were turned away because the parent didn’t have insurance is exactly zero.

No person, whether American or not, is ever turned away from an emergency room for lack of health insurance. Ever.

This simply does not happen.

Here’s why:

1.  It’s illegal.  

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) is a U.S. Act of Congress passed in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It requires hospitals to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. There are no reimbursement provisions. Participating hospitals may only transfer or discharge patients needing emergency treatment under their own informed consent, after stabilization, or when their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to administer the treatment.

Shouldn’t this woman be aware of the law? But,maybe of greater concern is that the question she posed has nothing, at all, to do with the constitutionality, of the Affordable Health Care Act.  It would seem that Sotomayor is willing to cast her decision based not on the Constitution, but on whether or not the bill in question might be “good”. Sorry, but that should not enter into a justices decision. Only one thing should, and in this case that one question is this. Does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to compel Americans to buy a certain product.

Aw come on, what do a bunch of doctors know about healthcare?

So, you might think that a poll showing that doctors, by a 10-1 margin, are saying ObamaCare will undermine health care might be significant. Unless, of course you are a progressive, then, of course you realize that politicians know WAY MORE than a bunch of doctors!

The 2011 National Physicians Survey, conducted by Thomson Reuters/HCPlexus and polling almost 3,000 American doctors, shows that while Obamacare would raise spending, premiums, overall U.S. health costs, and debt, it wouldn’t raise the quality of American health care. Rather, by a margin of well over 3 to 1, doctors expect the quality of American health care to decline over the next five years, in the wake of Obamacare’s passage: Only 18 percent of doctors expect the quality of health care to “improve,” while a whopping 65 percent expect it to “deteriorate.”

The poll’s summary conveys that many doctors offered “critiques of the reform act – some articulating the strong feelings they have regarding the negative effects they expect from the PPACA [ObamaCare].” David Shrier, chief executive officer of HCPlexus, says, “The National Physicians Survey tells us that physicians have not been enlisted in the healthcare reform process.”  Shrier adds, “The message they’ve taken from healthcare reform appears to be ‘Do more with less.'”

Indeed, by a margin of nearly 10 to 1, doctors said that “the impact of the Health Care reform Act of 2010” on doctors would be “negative” (78 percent), rather than “positive” (8 percent). With a doctor shortage already looming, this hardly bodes well for trying to recruit talented young men and women to join the medical profession—at least as doctors. The poll shows, “With regard to who will be handling what may be an increased patient population [under Obamacare], respondents indicated that Nurse Practitioners will see as many patients as Primary Care Physicians.”

Man, those doctors must just be a bunch of gun-totin’, bible-thumpin’, bitter, clinging racist Redneck Tea Partiers!