Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sotomayor's question

Althouse has:  10 highlights of today's Obamacare oral argument, Justice Sotomayor:
[W]hat percentage of the American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and that child was turned away because the parent didn't have insurance — do you think there's a large percentage of the American population who would stand for the death of that child — if they had an allergic reaction and a simple shot would have saved the child?

I'm really curious as to how often this -- refusing to treat a sick child -- happens.

I've taken sick children to doctors and hospitals, without insurance.  They've always been treated.   I paid monthly payments until the bill was taken care of.  Sometimes doctors gave me a break on their fees.  It's called charity.  The hospital social worker had forms for emergency Medicaid.  (I didn't qualify - I made $5.00 too much per month.)

Have you ever been uninsured, and taken a sick child to the ER, and had treatment refused?

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