Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant: 'There is No One who Doesn’t Have Health Care in America'
During an interview with Kaiser Health News Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said he opposes Obamacare because every single American already has health care.
Bryant refuses to expand Mississippi’s Medicaid program, which would extend health coverage to an additional 200,000 low-income residents.
Bryant echoed former President George W. Bush and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who both said that uninsured people should simply use the emergency room for primary care. However, not one major medical organization advocates this.
Bryant said: "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."
In the interview, Bryant complained that Obamacare is "a law that would causes taxes to go up," but failed to mention that emergency room care is very expensive and has to be paid for by taxpayers.
Additionally, emergency rooms do not have to care for an uninsured patient in a non-emergency situation.
Patients with chronic conditions that don’t require emergency care, such as the millions of Americans with diabetes, asthma or breast cancer, would not be able to access medical treatments per Bryant's advice.
Bryant also claimed that if people get on Medicaid they will go to the doctor because they have nothing else to do. "It’s clear once someone goes on Medicaid, the number of times they go to a physician doubles, quadruples ... I make the argument that it’s free. It’s free and you have nothing else to do."
Bryant promised to block the federal government from setting up an insurance exchange in his state per Obamacare, which is the law of the land. "Certainly I will if they try to expand the Medicaid population. If they say we are going to take this federal exchange and going to expand the Medicaid population, I will try to seek legal relief from that using the Supreme Court decision that said they are not allowed to do that."
The Census Bureau estimates that nearly 49 million people were uninsured in 2011. More than 20 percent of working Americans don’t have health care, and 40 percent of the people living in poverty were unable to visit a doctor in 2010, reports ThinkProgress.org.