Via Jonathan Cohn, a post from last April by Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt about why guaranteed emergency healthcare is not the same as guaranteed healthcare:
Earlier this week, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour asserted, “There’s nobody in Mississippi who does not have access to health care.” He is neither the first, nor likely the last, to suggest that access to emergency room care is equivalent to access to all necessary health care, that everyone gets what they need whether insured or not. This is an old argument meant to make people feel better about the status quo. To believe it is to believe that health reform is not necessary. But Gov. Barbour’s simple statement uses one truth to obscure many others.