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POTUS, SCOTUS and just plain "Us"

by Steve Mona on Wed, Mar 28 2012 10:04 AM



For those of you not following the health care hearings at the US Supreme Court you're missing a fascinating view of how our government works and how much we didn't know about the law. Case in point: Some of the most highly touted provisions of the law such as the rule allowing some adult children to access their parents' policies are in theory fully funded by forcing folks who might not purchase health insurance now to do so. Plainly said, if you force a healthy 25 year old to purchase health insurance, something he likely wouldn't do because of his age and health until he's older or until he has a job that provides it, the money he's paying for something he doesn't need goes towards funding other people's health care. Anyone that cares to debate that thought with me do so with this in mind, it was the Administration's lawyer, Solicitor General Don Verrilli that confirmed exactly that during the last two days of testimony. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg compared that to the Social Security Act in which people are forced to pay into a retirement plan noting that the Social Security Act was challenged and deemed constitutional. That comparison is suspect however as the ACA forces people to fund things they may never use; substance abuse treatment as one example.

None of this of course was based in any fact since the Office of Management and Budget has basically thrown out all the Administration's monetary figures and now says that the act will cost much more than the "budget neutral" stance stated by the White House.

I won't predict how this is going to play out, but if the individual mandate remains in place we will have started down a very slippery slope indeed...






by tallmon on Sun, Apr 8 2012 8:18 AM
"if you force a healthy 25 year old to purchase health insurance, something he likely wouldn't do because of his age and health until he's older or until he has a job that provides it, the money he's paying for something he doesn't need"

But, he does need it. One never knows when they will get sick or have an accident.
by Tom on Sun, Apr 8 2012 8:53 AM
Yes, all those 20 somethings that don't "need" health insurance. Then, when they do get sick or have an accident, go to the hospital and don't pay their bills. So we all get to pay more for our own healthcare because the hospitals have to recover their costs, or higher taxes because the government supports the hospitals.

We have to pay either way, but having people take responsibility for their own needs by having healthcare is the most direct way.
by Chris on Sun, Apr 8 2012 1:15 PM
While it's true that young people (in their 20's) may not ordinarily think health insurance is important enough to buy, remember that "younger people" are getting sick (with cancers mostly) at a much younger age. Cancers' that were once considered "older folks diseases" are not uncommon anymore in younger people. The "mandate" simply means that EVERYONE is covered, somehow.
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