Ronald Reagan, Universal Health Care Coverage and the World’s Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care Program

It’s well known that hospitals are required to provide free emergency care services to poor people. What’s generally not known is that this law was passed and signed under Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Via Barry Ritholtz:

“Yes, this is actually true. In response to some prior bad behavior from hospitals called “patient dumping,” a mandate for unfunded medical care was created. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was signed into law by Ronald Reagan. It mandated that “Hospitals provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay.”

You read that right, RR created a universal coverage mandate, forced the private sector to pay for it, and created the world’s most expensive, least effective Health Care program. Hospitals hated it, jacked up prices in response, and tried to spread the costs to everyone else.”

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