Monday, September 24, 2012

Call The Ambulance... For Me!!

Of all the outrageous things Republicans say about health care -- and who can really count them or place them in some sort of order? -- the worst is their contention that everyone has care in this country, because they can go to the ER. Mitt Romney, like Dr Frankenstein reanimating his patchwork corpse, brought it up again on "60 Minutes." What a simpering, dishonest, self-contradicting asshole. How do you choose between screaming and stabbing yourself? Rising up in rage, or tearing your eyes out? The man has no conscience, no shame. He'll say any damn thing he wants, even though he's acknowledged it himself: ERs are the most expensive and least efficient way to provide non-emergency care. And waiting until you actually have an emergency is the worst way to handle your health care needs.

He knows it. It's among the main reasons -- it's the only reason, in fact -- he worked to institute Rommeycare. So he's a bi-orificed asshole; he's a cloaca. He knows he's lying, and he's negating that thing on which he originally based his entire political career. He's repeating a soulless and demonstrably false talking point to show his bona fides, to pander, to Foxified teabaggers. Okay, maybe that's tri-orificed. Could be a first. Probably comes from keeping his head up there for so long.

Shall we go, step by step, through the reasons emergency care is in no way a substitute for proper access to regular care? Shall we recount, once again, the ways in which it's both inefficient and hugely expensive? The ways in which relegating millions of Americans to emergency rooms costs the rest of Americans more than if the relegees had actual coverage? Shall I elaborate on my years of working in and around emergency rooms, pushing gurneys with really emergent patients in them, past people packing the halls waiting hours to see someone about a belly ache? People showing signs of having not been to a doctor in years, if ever?

No. Let's not. It's as obvious to you and me as we know it is to Mitt, who has to be the most amoral man ever to seek the presidency. And, yes, I remember Richard Nixon.

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  1. I agree with you Dr S - regarding recommending the ER. (Okay - now get back off the floor. yes. i said it. i agree with you. :)

    I don't agree with the amoral comment about Romney - at all.

    Actually when BUSH said people could go to the ER ...I disagreed and thought he didn't get it. (Okay ..get back off the floor. Yes. I said a negative about Bush:)

    I have concluded that politicians on BOTH sides are CLUELESS to the workings, needs of the medical system and patients. BOTH.

    But ...the dems in epic proportions of ignorance by NOT including physicians when creating that bill, leaving it to unions, pharma companies and not sure who else. perhaps you can enlighten me. they did it behind closed doors.

    Then they didn't read it. Didn't care they didn't read it and here we are. the majority of the American people did not want it, but I digress. Anyway ...that bill is the GREATEST example of caring about personal political agenda versus outcome for the ultimate good of the people ..both patients and providers.

    Thee isn't anything you can compare to that debacle... medically speaking.

    And what NONE of them seem to grasp that the EDs will become overwhelmed with patients, end up closing (as they already have been ..even prior to Obama) which then burdens the next facility - domino affect and all.

    And as you say - it is expensive and it's not long term. I wholeheartedly agree with you about the ER.

    I was just at a covered dish luncheon the other day for our local community hospital because the medical floor closed it's doors Friday and now the facility has gone to an emergency satellite facility with sds and OPs. :(

    Bittersweet. I haven't worked there in 6 yrs, but we were so close knit ...Drs and staff ..that we've already had a 2nd reunion (because so much staff was already gone) and we all love reconnecting. Big turnouts and I expect will be for yrs.

    But it is sad that another one bites the dust. And I just wonder how long the mother corporation will keep this ED open. Sorry off track.

  2. You must be thinking of Hillarycare. The D plan, as you sorta must kinda know even if you only get your sources from, you know, is based almost entirely on a prior R plan, developed by a R think tank, adopted by Romney, and, in order to get R votes!!!!! chosen by Ds over what their constituents preferred.

    Damn. You got me again. I answered another Foxified comment. If you disagree with the ACA, tell us why, based on what's in it or not in it, rather than repeating Hannitoid talking points. Okay?

    Is it allowing states to innovate? Is it covering kids to age 26? Is it preventing disallowance for preexisting conditions? Is it attempted to determine best practices? (Hint: effectiveness research is NOT death panels.) Is it that, unlike Bush's Part D, it's actually paid for? Cuts the deficit? Extents the financial life of Medicare?

    Or is it how many pages and how many read what parts? Does that negate everything else? Like golf games.

    Shut up, Sid, you idiot. You're wasting your breath.

  3. While not quite on topic and more than a bit snarky, but maybe Mitt needs to open his window for more oxygen. bl

  4. I have a post coming up on that subject.


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