This author believes Bush should have his insurance revoked....BD
Apparently, George Bush hates sick children. Or at least that's the message some folks are getting from the recent political controversy concerning the State Children's Health Insurance Program, typically referred to as S-CHIP, which Bush vetoed a $35 billion expansion to several weeks ago.
On a visit to Cleveland this July, Bush revealed his hidden thoughts about health care. Just before criticizing the S-CHIP expansion, he quipped, "I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room."
In a sense, the president has a point. Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986, Medicare-participating hospitals are required to provide emergency services to any patient regardless of their ability to pay. The downside - and the reason Bush's comments are so frightening - is treating emergency rooms as a form of health insurance is highly inefficient and expensive.
But, like a misbehaving schoolboy, Bush has failed to do his homework when it comes to a major problem with the U.S. health care system. Perhaps, by way of punishment, our president should be treated like a S-CHIP kid and have his government-funded health insurance revoked. Then he could learn firsthand that relying on emergency room care isn't such a great solution after all.