"My daughter passed out in church," writes Allen Hunt. The event was "scary," "strange," and the father panicked. But, he says, there was no "crisis."
Fortunately, a doctor was seated nearby and came over. As he began to examine her, she returned to consciousness.
We eventually walked outside where a caring friend had called a medic. The ambulance arrived, and two competent medics examined my daughter with careful detail.
Good news: dehydration was the culprit, and the problem could be easily solved. Crisis averted.
At no time was I asked for proof of health insurance. At no time was I asked for payment.
I am sure there will be plenty of time for that later. We received timely emergency care on demand.
A "crisis" would have occurred if my daughter had passed out and there were no medics to call. In much of the world, that is a reality, and it is a true crisis.
A "crisis" would have occurred if my daughter had fallen, and the medics had refused to treat her until I could demonstrate 100% ability to pay.
Neither of these scenarios occurred because we live in America.
Health care is abundant and available in emergency situations. Moreover, our quality of care is the envy of the world.
There is no "crisis," and the use of that term only serves to inflame passions and urge quick action on an issue that is hardly monolithic, and hardly solvable with a purely political remedy.
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