"What I fear happening is [that] these people who are uninsured are forced to rely on the emergency department, and it's a different kind of therapy – specifically for emergencies. The ideal place to get medical care is from physicians, who're familiar with your records, and your past history. That's not what the emergency room is designed to do."

— Andrew Wilper, MD, lead author of a study concluding that the uninsured are more likely to develop chronic illnesses and utilize the ER, the place of last resort, as their primary physician, "Study shows that uninsured more likely to develop chronic illnesses."