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Brought up Mar 22, 2010

Manditory Health Care?

Yesterday the Health Care Bill was passed and will become law Tuesday when President Obama signs off on it. 11 states are currently in the process of submitting lawsuits to stop the bill from being enforced in their states. Those states are: Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Several state officials claim that their issue with the bill is how it mandates that every American have health insurance.

"Congress' attempt to force Michigan families to buy health insurance - or else - raises serious constitutional concerns," said Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. "We will fight to defend the individual rights and freedoms of Michigan citizens against this radical overreach by the federal government." The ‘or else’ Attorney General Mike Cox refers to is a penalty that an uninsured person would be forced to pay.

Supporters of the bill often raise the point that all states require car insurance, and if a person were caught driving without insurance they would be expected to pay a penalty. Supporters go on to say, “How can we require insurance for vehicles but not people?”

What are your opinions? Is it fair to penalize those who choose not to obtain health insurance? Moreover do you believe that the right to be Uninsured is a reasonable thing to fight for?

Please, keep in mind that the very poor would still be able to receive Medicaid or Medicare.


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Theophany » 7 years ago

Um why don't you call me up about those mushrooms... Let me instruct you in the ways of the CLEAN ROOM. before you kill us all.

Julia » 7 years ago

Well they are promising no jail time. Luckily this wont come about until 2014, the hope is that through tax breaks and other regulations the cost of health insurance will go down. Of course what they don't see coming is my parents bankrupting Blue Cross Blue Shield.... Long story.

Theophany Blackfoot » 7 years ago

Did I mention that I'm learning about medicinal mushrooms? :D I think I'll take up herbology and learn more on nutrition too. The only thing I know about all this hub-bub (because I live in a hole in the ground) is what I've read from your posts. But my gut says to bone up on my skills because there's gonna be allot of people in need of medical attention who are without insurance and cannot go to the doctor or risk a fine. What happens when the fine goes unpaid? Are we really going to imprison people for that? Rights are not given away freely with a smile, not in this country. Use them or loose them folks!

bigoosh » 7 years ago

I have been giving a lot of thought to this aspect of the bill. On one hand it makes sense when you consider one of the reasons for such high medical costs is created by the uninsured. I also happen to believe that if it's okay to force me to carry auto insurance (which is done because it supposedly protects everyone), then that makes it okay to force me to carry health insurance as well (which again protects everyone from irresponsibility).

However, on the other side, I don't like the government telling me what I can and can't do. So in that regard, I am against mandatory health insurance. I also have to question how much this will actually hurt families that are already struggling to make ends meet. In order for this to work as it is meant too, there would have to be a drop in health care costs someway, and I think it will take more than a cap on insurance plans to do it.

it will be interesting to see how this affects us all...