In order to stay within budgetary parameters, many of the key provisions in the Act don't take effect until 2014 -- a full two years after the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world as we know it.
While the debate on health care reform legislation continues, there is very little discussion about the federal government's responsibility to extend a critical funding stream for emergency care in our nation's hospitals.
I recognize I'm not going to convince all of you to become single-payer supporters through a post here. I've learned to live with that. We will disagree as to the best solutions. But can we at least agree that there is a problem?
There is a mentality at work here, whereby the comfortable and complacent regard the suffering of others with undue equanimity. You can't afford regular healthcare, but you can always go down to the ER.