This is a really big problem for Georgia. You can’t lose eight hospitals and not have it effect your state overall.
The organization for rural hospitals in Georgia says ‘if Georgia doesn’t figure out how to stop what’s going on, how to keep it’s hospitals opened, that state is going to create a Third World nation health situation in rural parts of the state.’
Now, one way to fix this problem, of course, is to get the poor people who live in rural parts of that state to have health insurance, so that they could go to the doctor before things became an emergency, and when they did go to the doctor, the doctor and the hospital would be paid for the treatment. Radical idea, I know, this whole ‘health insurance’ thing.
The federal government has told Georgia that it will pick up 100% of the cost of getting health insurance to 600,000 people in that state who are currently uninsured. The federal government would pay 100% of the cost of that for three years, and 90% of the cost thereafter, and even though Georgia’s hospitals are dropping like flies, losing the fight to stay opened, as they struggle to treat that state’s poor, rural population which doesn’t have health insurance and can’t pay for the treatment out of pocket, even as that’s happening. They’ve lost eight hospitals, Georgia republicans have said ‘no’.
They’ve said no to covering 600,000 more people in the state, at no cost to the state.
They’ve said no to that deal.
The governor of that state, is named Deal. It’s Nathan Deal, and now Governor Deal of Georgia has proposed a new solution to Georgia’s vexing problem of all it’s hospitals shutting down:
If the rural hospitals are shutting down, because they have to treat people at the emergency room, but none of these uninsured patients can pay for that treatment, if that is the crux of the problem, well rather than turning those uninsured patients into people who can pay, by giving them insurance, Governor Deal has decided ‘You know what, let’s fix the other side of this problem. Let’s fix the Ronald Reagan side of this problem. Let’s repeal the requirement that hospitals have to treat people.’
That’s his big idea, that would do it. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has now proposed this. He is turning down the option that would 600,000 more people in his state to have health insurance. He is turning that down and instead is proposing that the solution problems is for the federal government to repeal the Reagan Era law that says ‘if you turn up at the hospital while you’re in labor, or while you’re having a heart attack, that hospital has to treat you.’
That’s a federal law, he is asking federal officials to move to repeal it, because that would be good for Georgia.
The governor said that revisiting that specific law is what congress should do “if they really want to get serious about lowering the cost of healthcare in this country.”
When the paper in Noonan, Georgia called the Noonan Times-Herald, when they published Governor Deal’s proposal on that issue this week, they said that what the governor wants to do is get rid of the rule that says that emergency rooms have to treat sick people, the first comment on that article was this:
'Why yes, that is a way to cut medical spending: let the poor die.”
02/28/2013 on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s proposal to repeal the Reagan Era “Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor” act. (via misterdelfuego)
Governor Nathan Deal is a horrendous deal for Georgia. He needs removed from office.
The answer to a problem? Make it so you don’t have to come up with a solution, apparently. Not having to treat the sick and uninsured doesn’t make their health care problems go away, it just makes your state look like a particularly awful place to live.
Buckle up. This is gonna be long.
Yeah… I’m in Atlanta, and I have the… bonus? to have been in almost every hospital in the metro area due to a condition that can’t get treated by a normal PCP if it pops up. No matter where I am, I have to get *somewhere*, because some of my stuff has “mortality rate” and “within the first hour” all over it.
Nathan Deal is terrible. I sure as hell didn’t vote for the asshole. And it’s horrible to get such poor representation, considering the fact that Atlanta itself is blue enough to make a massive polka dot on political charts. Very seriously, I only know two conservative people, and while they say some very stupid, hurtful stuff, even THIS is making them jump back and say “hold on, wait, no”.
So… if it’s as blue as I claim it is, then why the fuck did this guy get elected, right? Voting laws. Backhanded shit. Attempts to close historical archives and gloss over Georgia’s history (unless you feel like pulling the Confederate flag out, in which case, you keep on! Woo!). Completely ignoring pockets of hate groups like the KKK. And if a white person stands up somewhere and says “Jesus Christ” reverently three times, it apparently makes them a “compassionate conservative” (Brain bleach, where is it?)
I will give the Southern white-ladies-who-lunch type one thing and one thing only. They mobilize like you would not believe, and they WILL use it as a bully pulpit, even paying for extremely right-wing jerks to come talk, and reaping the extra dough. In fact, there’s a megachurch practically in my mother’s backyard that cost millions to build and pretty up, and they’ve had Santorum and somebody on the far right who was highly involved with the Elian Gonzalez media circus. Problem? There are kids going hungry within ten miles of it. Literally. I have had to try to eke out survival there, and I’ve eaten either ramen or nothing at all so I could afford my daughters’ lunches.
This problem has been snowballing for a long time and is just hitting it’s zenith with Deal because of - no joke - county lines. Downtown ATL is fully within Fulton County, which is ridiculously drawn, and includes a shit ton of oblivious wealth and ridiculous poverty, all at the same time.
North Fulton is Stepford. Shiny happy white people who all have blonde bobs, husbands who make a ton so they can stay home, 2.5 kids, a mini-SUV and a labrador. And they love what they get out of South Fulton. The airport, the Fox Theatre, the aquarium, the High Museum, all that. And if they were to need medical care while they’re there, they’d probably get preferred seating at Emory. Isn’t that nice?
The entire thing is, they want all that, but they don’t want to do what they feel is paying for all of it (you don’t, assholes, please see “taxes”). Stepford has wanted to split into their own county for a good long while, moving through meetings in people’s McMansions (so they don’t “look racist” in front of other people.) I have accidentally gotten trapped in one of those. And they are just as bad as you think. Worse, probably, because they know how to doubletalk better than any bunch of people I’ve ever met.
Not far downtown from Emory is Grady Hospital. Grady’s where the best ER nurses, the (good) battleaxes start out, because nobody will freaking pay for it in any way. They learn to be quick on their feet and creative because they don’t have any decent supplies (including decent painkillers, but that’s a slightly different rant). I’ve overheard a nurse in the clean, pretty suburbian hospitals say “I came out of Grady. There’s not much you CAN’T do when you’ve had to figure out how to keep a gunshot victim from bleeding out with one hand and a straw from the cafeteria while you’re waiting for the doc to roll in.”
Georgia has hospitals. Northside Hospital has a city-wide monopoly on obstetrics. You’ll have your babies in a room full of polished wood and bigger than my living room. Both Northside and Emory have prettied-up satellite hospitals in North Fulton. In one hospital around me - the one I was in during Thanksgiving - they gave me a pretty gift bag of stuff that was all branded. I’ve been in one where Food Services would call you in the morning so you could look over a menu (seriously) and give them an order for the day’s meals, and they then brought it in an outfit that made them look like butlers. Zero joke.
Those hospitals are going nowhere.
It’s the Gradys that are dying fast, just like the poor communities they serve, (via marionjravenwood)