Blog | Friday, August 29, 2008

ED = Insurance?

As the LA Times reports, an advisor to John McCain recently raised the ire of emergency docs by suggesting that the solution to the health care crisis is a change in the definition of uninsured. In his view, anyone with access to an ED has health care coverage.

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," John Goodman told the Dallas Morning News. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American-even illegal aliens-as uninsured."

The ACEP's response: "Emergency physicians can and do perform miracles every day, but taking on the full-time medical care for 46 million uninsured Americans is one miracle even we cannot perform. Access to care in the emergency department is no substitute for the comprehensive healthcare reform policy that should be at the heart of the platform of any presidential campaign."

Our question: Would that also mean that people are not homeless as long as they can hang around the library during the day?