Republican lawmaker says cancer patients can go to the E.R. for health care (Video)

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On Wednesday, during an interview with Erin Burnett on CNN, Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was asked how his healthcare views applied to the story of Tiffany Koehler, a Republican who says she’s alive today because of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. He suggested that people can still go on without health care because they could still go to the emergency room.

DeSantis replied, “Well, if you remember when Obamacare was enacted, there were millions of people who had their health care canceled. And so there are stories of people who had certain needs, cancer or whatnot, who got pushed into policies that they didn’t want, and then they didn’t have the same coverage that they had because of the broken promise. So I think this law has really created a lot of different aspects. I would say though, and people who supported Obamacare used to make this point a lot before it passed, there really is no lack of health care. If people really need it, they show up to the emergency room, they do get care, it just gets passed on to other folks.”

However, when Burnett mentioned that you cannot get $1 million in cancer treatments at the emergency room, DeSantis deflected her question and gave an answer about how everyone is leaving so it’s not a sustainable system.

In one way, DeSantis’ statement is true because some people do use the E.R. as their last resort, especially if they can afford it. But people with cancer cannot just show up to the E.R. and expect to get their cancer treatment. Also, healthcare measures such as the Affordable Care Act was created to prevent people from using the E.R. as their primary source of care because the cost of visits can be passed to the taxpayer.


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