The 1986 Law Medical Freeloaders Use: Repealing This Law Would Solve our Health Care Crisis and Make Obamacare Unnecessary! Let Your Elected Representatives Know!
Twenty-six years ago, people who showed up in an ER were expected to pay for the services they received; they were often asked about money before they even got in the door. If they could not prove they had the resources to pay, they were told to go elsewhere.
Now, ERs have to treat everyone who comes in their doors. It doesn't matter if they are immigrants, if they are legal or illegal, or if they will be able to pay anything for the medical treatment they receive. ERs have to treat everyone, no questions asked. How did this change come about?
The change came in the form of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) of 1986. A U.S. Act of Congress signed into law by then-President Ronald Reagan, it requires hospitals to provide emergency care to anyone needing it regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. There are no reimbursement provisions in the bill, so hospitals and doctors must provide emergency care to all who need it, for free if necessary.
If the government can pass laws forcing health care providers to provide care, then why can't the government force people to buy insurance that will pay for that care? And if not, repealing the EMTALA would solve our health care crisis and make Obamacare unnecessary!
To read how this law has hurt our health care delivery system, click here:
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