HomeTEApublicans in ActionGeorgia’s Republican Gov. Wants To Save Money By Not Allowing Poor People To Receive Emergency Care!

Georgia’s Republican Gov. Wants To Save Money By Not Allowing Poor People To Receive Emergency Care!

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 requires that a hospital treat anyone in an emergency, regardless of citizenship or ability to pay and it has saved many lives since it was enacted.  Governor Nathan Deal (R) of Georgia thinks that it is an onerous law which is costing way to much money and wants Congress to repeal it and just let those poor people die.

Deal, who has been vocal in his opposition to Obamacare, called for the repeal of the law at a University of Georgia political science alumni event.

“If they really want to get serious about lowering the cost of health care in this country, they would revisit another federal statute that has been there for a long time,” Deal said. “It came as a result of bad facts, and we have a saying that bad facts make bad law.”

At the time the law was being considered in Congress, supporters cited incidences where pregnant women were turned away because they had no insurance and were unable to pay for services. But Deal is compassionate and has a solution for this. He thinks that the law can be rewritten so that hospitals have to treat pregnant women but can still turn others away. Continuing with the law as is just costs too darn much, he says.

Of course, the real problem is that Deal is one of the governors who has refused to accept the Medicaid expansion provided for in the ACA, and this is putting pressure on many hospital emergency rooms in his state since those unable to obtain health care insurance are swamping them, particularly in rural areas, because it is the only way these people can obtain any health care.

The financial pinch his state is feeling is due to the governor’s own policies but just as he did in January when his state was paralyzed by a winter storm he is not going to accept responsibility for his actions, he is going to blame the federal government.

When winter storm Leon hit his state after several days of warnings from the National Weather Service, Deal claimed that the meteorologists there had not told him that his state was about to be hit.

Now that his refusal to expand Medicaid, at no cost to his state initially and never costing the state more than 10% of the increased costs, he wants to place the blame again on the federal government this time saying that it is because of a law that was signed in 1986 by Republican icon Ronald Reagan.

As always Deal’s solution is to just let the poor die, after all they contribute nothing of value to society.

h/t:  Wonkette

About Bob Cull

I'm retired and live in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. I have strong opinions and my political bent has not changed since I was in high school. Most of my family thinks that I need to find a "real" hobby to fill my time in retirement, but I am content to share my opinions with others and exercise my "right" as a cranky old retired dude to express my views--which are based on many years of real world experience.
  • Mica

    It’s time these Bible Belt wackos read their book…. Start with Ezekiel 16:47-50…. Then get back to me as to what immoral acts caused God to get pissed off enough to destroy a people…. And they are against health care for the poor why?

  • http://twitter.com/leftnotracks Scott Falkner (@leftnotracks)

    Facts are neither good nor bad. They are facts. Like most conservatives, Governor Deal seems to think facts are malleable.

  • http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/ grant gilley

    as a republican, i am not a deal supporter, but you guys are just as backward as deal is. your best rebuttal to a politician of the opposite party is to call him a jerk off, call me a dick and exclaim you “fucking hate me,” really?

    look, i have been disappointed in what has become of deal’s tenure as governor, but you democrats make it difficult for people like myself to want to have any type of appropriate dialog with your party when y’all post this nonsense. get it together, democrats.

    why is there a disclaimer stating “WHAT DO YOU THINK? PLEASE NOTE: AATTP HAS A NO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR COMMENTS CONTAINING RACISM, PERSONAL ATTACKS, VULGARITY, PROFANITY OR THREATS” when the site clearly allows this type of comments to stay posted?

    • Susan

      What the “hell” are you talking about…??

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  • mark

    I can see both sides of this issue. I work in an ER that can be very busy. We often see the same people repeatedly for non-emergencies. People sometimes come in as a sort of entertainment (it’s free, isn’t it?) or to seek drugs. This may seem harmless, but the non-emergencies do take time, attention, and resources from the emergent patients. ER Physicians should be able to use some discretion in allotting care, including referring non-emergencies to a clinic or primary care physician (or making them wait until a less busy time). Sometimes saying NO to work we don’t need to do allows us to pay the necessary time and attention to a trauma, stroke, or heart patient. The Problem is politically incorrect but very Real.

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  • Exploding Ned

    The only thing this wacko has done right since being elected down here in lovely GA is allow Sunday alcohol sales… and that’s probably because the jurr-cough is an alcoholic.

  • http://fb CCManser

    Yes because being poor is a choice right!? (seething sarcasm) I hate the approach of poverty being a “reproach from God.”….maybe he should be turned away when he needs health care I bet he would change his tune then…..if he survived!

  • https://www.facebook.com/oeaspence Omar Spence

    Republicans are such dicks :(

    • https://www.facebook.com/irene.fisher.14 Irene Fisher

      So well said…

  • https://www.facebook.com/regertz Robert Gertz

    Governor Deal has been a disaster for Georgia and we can only hope we manage to get Governor Jason Carter in soon to start repairing the mess this hack who took the governorship to flee trouble in Congress and with his failing, bankrupt business ventures has made.

  • http://gravatar.com/theliberalbuzz Buzz

    What is wrong with republicans? WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR BRAINS? Did they have to prove they are NOT smarter than a 5th grader in order to become republicans? Are they indeed the true anti Christs’? Cuz they sure act like it. Voting republican is INSANE.

    • https://www.facebook.com/irene.fisher.14 Irene Fisher

      Yes, that is so Christian like, isn’t it? The only thing i can say to your question is that they have let money corrupt them. They aren’t stupid, they know what they are doing, kissing up to their benefactors and everyone and everything else be damned. Vote them out whenever possible…

  • Jennifer Jacoby Trippeer

    It would be a proper destiny for this governor to fall on truly hard times, but then he is probably eell protected. for life. Too bad.

    • Kelly Joyner

      He did fall on bad times before he was governor. He was in bankruptcy and losing his house to foreclosure. Then he was elected governor of my fair state, (all of this was public knowledge), and now he lives in a mansion. Oh wait, doesn’t that mean he is depending on the government to improve his life? Give him housing, insurance and a job???

  • http://gravatar.com/agrippamom Sharon C.

    Okay, so they would still cover the babies’ ‘hosts’ but not people who are already here? Typical Republican logic, thinking, and priorities! No wonder I hate them.

  • paul fredine

    let’s see if i’ve got this right. the hospitals would still be required to cover pregnant women regardless of ability to pay. but what happens once the child is born? after all, it’s no longer inside the mother and will obviously have no insurance of its own, so it could be classified along with all the other “takers” simply looking to get a government handout. i guess they’ll just leave them on the curb, encouraged to go out, find a job and not become a burden on society. i mean, for someone who claimed he wasn’t told a paralyzing snow storm was coming, it’s not unusual to think that he will consider it someone else’s fault/problem and pretty much none of his concern, just like affordable health care for more of his constituents, a living wage, a good education and not worrying about where their next meal is coming from. gotcha!

  • Billy Jack

    I really hate these fucking people.

    • Jerry Simmons

      Billy, You are not alone! They are all haters, takers and lying sobs.

    • Tommy McLemore

      What are we going to to do about them?

      • https://www.facebook.com/irene.fisher.14 Irene Fisher

        VOTE THEM OUT! Every last one of them.

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