Harry Reid ignorant of basic federal law

Yet another Democratic Senator, this time Majority Leader Harry Reid, has come forth to warn that more funding is needed to prevent ObamaCare from becoming a "train wreck". He calls for more federal funding to get this monstrosity up and running--since the drafters and the President have clearly underestimated the cost of ObamaCare and the difficulties inherent in such an undertaking.

When questioned on a Nevada radio talk show he justified the passing of Obamacare and praised his own intelligence:

"I believe that a country of our size, the only superpower left in the world -- it's not right that we have 50-60 million people ... with no health insurance," he said. "We have to have a program where health insurance shouldn't go to people who are rich, people who are upper-middle class. I believe the middle class and people below the middle class deserve to go to the hospital when they're sick."

Reid said he was well familiar with the law, which spanned as long as 2,000 pages when it was a bill, before it passed.

"Of course I read it. I didn't sit down on a Friday evening and read it. This legislation was drafted over a period of months and months," he said. "I can pass a test on it, I knew the law pretty well." 

But he sure doesn't seem to know basic and long-lasting federal law when it comes to patients and hospitals.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act., which Congress passed in 1986, says any hospital that receives Medicare dollars (and nearly 90 percent of hospitals in the United States do) must "provide a medical screening examination" for an emergency condition "regardless of an individual's ability to pay." The hospitals must offer treatment to such patients, regardless of ability to pay.

Indeed, the expense of this mandate was one of the reasons supporters of ObamaCare justified the requirement that everyone have medical insurance-so hospitals can recover the costs of treating such patients.

Does Reid not know even that point?

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