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  •  So are you to just bleed to death outside the ER (4+ / 0-)
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    front door on your 7th visit?  Maybe they'll provide a tourniquet dispenser.

    Punxsutawney Phil has been unfriended.

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:51:46 PM PST

    •  Or a disposal van. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      What seemingly few of my Democratic brethren understand is that a dollar bill can't literally walk into the voting booth and pull the lever. Your only tool for exacting accountability is the casting, or withholding, of your vote. Don't be an enabler.

      by WisePiper on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:12:25 PM PST

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    •  Of course not (5+ / 0-)

      You go right on in to the ER. And you get treated, because by law they cannot turn you away (at least, until they stabilize you -- then they can dump you).

      But Medicaid won't cover it, so you'll get a huge bill. Which you won't pay -- couldn't even if you wanted to -- since you're someone who qualifies for Medicaid.

      So, the hospital gets stiffed for the bill. So, the hospital jacks up their charges to everyone else, and everyone else's insurance.

      So, health care costs rise in the state of Florida for everyone. And poor people are discouraged from getting care unless they're in truly dire straits. And all of this, when they could just cover millions of their uninsured people at no cost to the state of Florida, and avoid all this mess.

      There are some other comments on this thread about how this is about hurting some urban Miami hospitals at the expense of private hospitals elsewhere in the state. I'm not sure about that.

      It looks like evil for evil's sake to me. Hurting people because your sick, twisted ideology demands it.

      La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

      by dconrad on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:29:22 PM PST

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      •  Don't forget the part (3+ / 0-)

        where the hospital sells the bills to collection agencies for .50 on the dollar, who then hound you for the whole amount of the bill to double their money. I'm just trying to say that the perception is often that people just walk away from medical bills. They don't. My son is paying some off now.  In fact, he he tries to go to the follow up clinic they won't accept him because they want to get paid - in full - even though they sold the debt.  Sorry, a little OT.

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