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January 25, 2013 11:46 AM ARGH! - Emergency Department Edition

By Aaron Carroll

I just can’t believe we’re still doing this:

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) doesn’t like President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. It’s too expensive and too intrusive, he says.

And Bryant has another reason to oppose the law, he revealed in an interview with Kaiser Health News: It’s not necessary because everyone’s doing just finenow.

There is no one who doesn’t have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room. There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program.

Can we stop this? Please? It’s a zombie idea.

The ER does not count as health care (November 7, 2009)

The ER still isn’t the same as health care (December 21, 2010)

Health Care is More Than Emergency Room Care (April 24, 2011)

Meme-busting: We have universal coverage because of emergency rooms (June 23, 2011)

So much for “everyone can get care in an emergency room” (February 12, 2012)

CNN.com: Why emergency rooms don’t close the health care gap (May 7, 2012)

Romney resurrects zombie idea about emergency departments (September 24, 2012)

[Cross-posted at The Incidental Economist]

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Aaron Carroll ,MD, is an associate professor of Pediatrics and the associate director of Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine.
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