So apparently President Bush made the following comment at an event last week:
“I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just
go to an emergency room.” — President George W. Bush (Cleveland,
If the president was at all — even vaguely — aware of the health care debate, he’d know that the one of the primary issues is that people are going to the emergency room — too much, because (without health coverage) it’s the only place they can see a doctor.
If the president was following the debate, he’d know that going to the emergency room isn’t really the best place to get care — it’s expensive, you may/may not get to see a specialist and it if you’re there for a minor ailment, it clogs up the ER for truly dire and traumatic events.
And finally, if the president was following the debate, he’d know that a visit to the emergency room costs 3 to 4 times what is billed to insurance companies for the same services.
Brrrrrrr. That just ruffles my feathers.