Guinta: Hospitals should be allowed to turn away patients without insurance

Hospitals are required to provide care to anyone needing emergency health care regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. In tonight’s 1st District Congressional debate between Rep. Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, Guinta declared “that shouldn’t be the case.”

Think Progress has the story — and the video.

Giving literal meaning to his state’s “Live Free Or Die” motto, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) was asked at a debate Thursday about a hypothetical 25-year-old who needs treatment in the emergency room but doesn’t have health insurance. Guinta’s said he opposed the requirement that hospitals should have to treat people who come in without insurance. “If you are 25 years old and you are choosing not to purchase insurance with the expectation of trying to get it free from the ER at Memorial,” Guinta said, “that shouldn’t be the case.”

Of course, Guinta also opposes the Affordable Care Act, which addresses this free-rider issue with the individual mandate. When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, everyone will be required to purchase health insurance. Subsidies will be provided to those who need help with the premiums.