Are There No Emergency Rooms? Are There No Free Clinics?

Every so often, our pathetic failure of a president says something that even still has the ability to shock me.  Here’s today’s latest outrage:

Bush spent a fair amount of time talking about health care yesterday, as well.

“The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he said. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”

Sure.  Because emergency rooms love it when you bring your kid in with an earache.  They’re happy to help.  And they just waive the bill!

Oh, wait, that’s right, they don’t.

They will treat you if you’re facing a life-threatening illness, even if you can’t pay, except when they won’t.  But even if they do treat you, there’s that several-hundred to several-thousand dollar bill that you either have to find a way to pay or have to default on, wrecking your credit.

Now, tell me: if your daughter’s complaining of an earache and you are concerned it might be an ear infection, do you bring her in to the emergency room right away?  Or do you hope that it’s not serious, give her some ibuprofen, and pray?

And when that ear infection doesn’t go away and bursts her ear drum, do you bring her in then?  Or do you figure it’s as bad as it will get — because you know that you’re going to have to juggle the rent if you do?

What kind of a horrible human being presents this as “access to health care?”  And why in the name of all that is holy does anyone listen to him anymore?

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15 responses to “Are There No Emergency Rooms? Are There No Free Clinics?

  1. Like Poppy and his reaction to price scanners, Little Georgie proves here that he simply has no idea how basic, everyday life works.

  2. NameChanged

    And aren’t insurance companies and hospitals bitching about such a practice anyway? Isn’t it not only detrimental to the individual (which is bad enough), but it is also bad for big business, Bush’s “base.” You would think that he would pander to the minority he has left. But alas, the last brain cell has been donated. Good riddance.

  3. Maybe Bush is pandering to his base. He seems to be saying we should just use prayer to get well. He certainly isn’t advocating health care for all.

  4. You know it is a bad sign for a leader when comparisons to Marie Antoinette and Charles Dickens novels start begging.

  5. eastsidekate

    Tony Snow, on whether Bush is frustrated with not being able to drive the media coverage the way he once did: “Last time I checked, the White House ends up on the front page every day.”

  6. oddjob

    “Last time I checked, the White House ends up on the front page every day.”

    For real? 😆 !!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe he ought to check in with Pat Buchanan and see what that was like in Nixon’s White House during the Watergate days!

  7. “What kind of a horrible human being presents this as “access to health care?”

    The kind of person who’s never spent a single day in want and has no empathy in the slightest.

    And Bitty, I learned a few weeks ago, much to my chagrin, that the Poppy with the scanner story didn’t really go down like that.

  8. Arkades

    “Last time I checked, the White House ends up on the front page every day.”

    Yeah, blatant corruption, incompetence, and constant scandals will do that.

  9. Now, tell me: if your daughter’s complaining of an earache and you are concerned it might be an ear infection, do you bring her in to the emergency room right away? Or do you hope that it’s not serious, give her some ibuprofen, and pray?

    Considering the doctors are now witholding antibiotics from babies with earaches because – a strong minority of these infections just go away without antibiotics, and we are all concerned with antibiotic resistance – even when over 90% of all antibiotics used in the US go to farm animals to maximize their weight at harvesting

    I certainly would not waste my money by going to the emergency room just to be turned away without any medicine.

  10. I *HAVE* good insurance and I still can’t afford to go to the emergency room. Being in touch with reality has never been this administration’s strong suit but they are hitting new lows with their views on health care.

  11. “Are there no prisons… and the Union workhouses, are they still in operation?”

  12. lucizoe

    That exact scenario (earache leading to ruptured eardrum) happened to me when I was about 11. My dad being a public school teacher, we did have health insurance and I had been to the doctor with the ear infection already. However, when I started bleeding out of my ear we went right to the ER. An epic struggle followed in which my dad’s insurer tried to get out of helping to pay the ER bill because my condition wasn’t life-threatening.

    I dunno – if your kid starts bleeding out of her ear, do you wait to see if she drops dead next? It seemed rather silly then and rather silly now, and now I get to be completely disgusted with that idiot-in-charge on a whole new level. Happy Thursday everyone!

  13. Toria

    Revolting…though not surprising in the slightest. What is even worse – I think that if you sat someone with this mindset down and explained the situation that people without insurance (or those with insurance who cannot afford the $2000 deductible) face, half of them would just shrug and say:

    “They still have access, though, don’t they? It isn’t MY fault they can’t pay – they can still walk in the door.”

    The lack of empathy and compassion is striking (as is the extremely narrow definition of “access”). Until every person has the ability to obtain medical treatment that they need without having to worry if it will result in financial/personal ruin, they don’t have true unfettered access (in my opinion).

  14. eastsidekate

    “They still have access, though, don’t they? It isn’t MY fault they can’t pay – they can still walk in the door.”

    Yeah, and what’s up with all the homelessness? It’s not like there aren’t enough houses.

  15. “people have access to health care in America … you just go to an emergency room.”

    I doubt even Paris Hilton is that stupid about people. And this brain-damaged, empathy-amputated sociopath is potus.

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