The controversal heath care bill comes before the U.S. Supreme Court to test the legality of the government sponsored bill. Two thirds of people surveyed dislike the mandate, even Democrats a majority 53 percent opposed the requirement.
In the governments brief defending the constitutionality of the health care law; “As a class, the uninsured consumed $116 billion of health care services in 2008; in 2008 people without insurance did not pay for 63 percent of their health care costs.”
Congress found that this cost-shifting increased the average premium for insured families by more than $1,000 a year.And people are blaming the government for these increased instead of putting the blame on the current system and still fight the proposed help because they don’t want the government running their lives?
For more than $1,000 a year I think I would allow a little government help. In other words, those worried about having to pay every-higher premiums should be clamoring for the individual mandate, not agitating for repeal.
Most of the opposition as I suspected comes from the 80 percent if non-elderly Americans who already have insurance, either through their employers, government programs, or purchased on their own. Screw everyone else, sorry for your loss.
I have good health care from my government retirement job, pay very little each month, so I fall under the 80 percent who already have insurance and shouldn’t give a rip about others I guess, but I do; to me to be opposed to health insurance defies reason.
In part, hostility to the mandate reflects a broader uneasiness with perceived big government encroachment. But opposition to the mandate also stems from the public’s failure to understand-or, alternatively, the administration’s failure to communicate basic facts.
A survey found that when people were told that most Americans “would automatically satisfy the requirement because they already have coverage through their employers,” favorability toward the mandate nearly doubled, to 61 percent.
Favorable attitudes rose to nearly half when people were told that without the mandate, insurance companies would still be allowed to deny coverage to those who are sick; that without the mandate people wold wait until they were sick to purchase insurance, driving up premium costs, or that those unable to afford coverage are exempt.
Bottom line: people don’t understand how the man date works at all and they don’t understand why it’s there.
I say before you shoot down the bill, give it a chance. It may not be a perfect bill, but I bet it’s better than the alternative; higher insurance costs.