Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant claims everyone in America has adequate health care, and anyone without health insurance can simply go to the hospital emergency room to receive any required medical treatment.
In an interview with Kaiser Health News, released Jan. 23, Bryant, a Republican, complained about the costs associated with Obamacare, and defended his opposition to both expanding Medicaid and allowing for the state to set up a health care insurance exchange.
Bryant claims health care reform is unnecessary. According to Bryant, every single American already has the health care they need:
Bryant: There is no one who doesn't have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room. There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program.
According to Huffington Post, in 2011, 48.6 million Americans had no health insurance. Among those who do have coverage, many still can't afford medical care so they skip it. The truth is, there's a health care access problem and it's been getting worse. And Mississippi has the fifth-highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation: 19 percent.
Democrats reject the idea that Americans living without health insurance are doing just fine, and that health care can be delivered in a fair, efficient or economic fashion via trips to the hospital emergency room.