Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Get thee to an ER.

One of the most nauseating of all talk points from the Right in this country on the subject of health care is the whole "Hey, the uninsured can just go to the emergency room for health care!" canard. Any time I hear someone say this I instantly file that person away in my head as someone without anything of worth to say on the subject.

And now it turns out that guess what? Uninsured ER patients are twice as likely to die from traumatic injuries as insured ER patients are.

The fact is that our awful health care system kills people who shouldn't have to die. Anyone defending this system, then, needs to answer the question of why they think that more death is preferable to less death.

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