Pol­i­tics be­hind EMTALA story wouldn’t hap­pen today

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

In the March 28 cover story (“Why pa­tients still need EMTALA,” p. 16), it was re­fresh­ing to see the photo of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan sign­ing the EMTALA leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing three Repub­li­can and four Demo­cratic mem­bers of Congress whole­heart­edly sup­port­ing a Repub­li­can pres­i­dent en­act­ing an im­por­tant piece of bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion.

This would not hap­pen in today’s poi­sonous po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, where deals like this are con­sid­ered giv­ing in and be­ing weak-minded. Thanks for the re­minder that only 30 years ago we lived in a much dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal place.

Matthew Peter­son Con­troller Olm­sted Med­i­cal Cen­ter Rochester, Minn.

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