But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)
"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "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. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.
"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."TPJ: So the hospitals have to write-off the costs of the uninsured showing up at the E.R. which raises the cost of medical services for everyone, including premiums. But guess who does benefit from this type of thinking? It doesn't benefit Republicans to insure everyone because they are in the pockets of the health insurance lobbyists. So is the McCain team saying that no one should buy insurance? Because that's what it sounds like. And think of the poor E.R. doctors/nurses who would be over-whelmed with this kind of stupid plan! We are already over-stretched as it is!!
And if they are o.k. with the rest of us insured paying the price for those E.R. visits then why not do a national healthcare system where everyone is paying their share and getting health care and no one is uninsured!! But then they say that they won't support a national health care system!!
They are actually encouraging people to go the the E.R. which does nothing to fix the problem but instead makes the problem worse!! So basically they're just pretending the problem doesn't exist. Nice thinking there brainiacs.