Friday, March 4, 2011

This Has Some Merit

Dem Proposes Letting People Opt Out of Health Insurance Mandate -- But There's a Catch

Read the article here.

Basically it lets people opt out of mandated coverage but they have to then be responsible for any bills they incur.

This is something I have thought all along. If people do not want to buy health insurance, let them make the decision for themselves. But, they must also live with the consequences.

What are your thoughts?


Mustang said...

Ordinarily one associates being attorney with someone who has brains, but then every once in a while someone comes along, like Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and Marianne Meeker, to remind us that someone in law school had to finish last. Meeker is free to decide right this moment whether to have health insurance and we do appreciate the fact that we even have those rights. I think her decision not to have private health insurance is a dangerous risk, but she can decide for herself. But then we have the issue of whether the government has the constitutional right to force anyone to accept (and pay for) government insurance. I’m in Judge Vinson’s corner on this one. As for DeFazio … let me see if I have a correct understanding of what he implies: anyone opting out of the so-called individual mandate would waive his or her right to taxpayer funded medical help for at least three years. So would that include 20 million illegal aliens who by virtue of their presence “opt out” of the individual mandate? I’m guessing the 20 million illegal aliens would get a White House approved exception.

Paul Champagne said...

I'm confused

I thought that if you didn't have coverage ... you were responsible for your medical bills.

I didn't know we needed a law for this. Does this mean that I didn't have to pay the $10,000.00 bill I got about 8 years ago?

Chuck said...

Mustang that is the thing - the proof is in the details. Of course it will be free to illegals, even suggesting otherwise is quite racist of you.

Paul, one would think. Actually hospitals like the one I work in get extra money from Medicare/Medicaid to pay for "self-insured" people. In other words, people who do not pay.