Whenever the discussion of UHC and health care reform gets brought up, there is one very consistent statement made by the conservative side:
I think it’s time to get rid of this meme once and for all, so the following is a list of people whose health care you are already paying for. Within it, there are three assumptions:  You pay taxes,  You have health insurance, most likely employer based in a group plan,  you are not currently sick. If any one of those don’t apply to you please see the notes at the bottom.
Starting with your hard earned tax dollars, a sizable chunk of it already goes to the following groups:
- Everyone in your military (about 1.5million active personnel, plus their families, and I assume civilian employees get health care along with their families)
- Veterans (23.8 million from this source, don’t know if it covers families of veterans, VA also employs almost 280,000 people)
- Federal employees (about 2.7million, and their families)
- State employees (you’ll need to check your state)
- Everyone on Medicare
- Everyone on Medicaid
- If you’ve bought a product or service (ie a tv or its installation) a portion of what you paid went towards the health care costs of that company’s employees.
- The people served by USNS COMFORT and MERCY (wiki)
- And the final weird one: I was as an event put on my Medtronic, a large medical device company, one of their VPs gave a 37min talk on the work they fund in third world countries like Canada and Africa. They are spending money on health care in other countries, that gets factoring into the cost of the product, which is passed on to you.
Now, if you own health insurance, in a typical employer based group plan, your premiums are subsidizing everyone else’s care in your group. That’s how the insurance system works. The insurance company has yearly expenditures of X, so to make profit your premiums are going to be (X+P)/n where n is the number of policy holders. Everyone in your group gets the same universal care, so that guy in the cube next to you, that just had open heart surgery for his whole family, still paid the same premium as you, even though he received thousands of dollars of care. What you don’t realize is that you are in a little mini UHC, and are paying for everyone else’s care.
Even if you have private insurance, the insurance company is going to make profit in the same way above, by charging you a high enough premium to cover the cost of everyone else’s care plus account for the risk you pose them.
Finally, even if you simply pay out of pocket, and got to this point thinking, “fuck you I don’t pay taxes or participate in a health plan,” you’re still on the hook. If you’ve ever been to a hospital or medical facility, part of your bill is subsidizing other people’s care. There first time I had the privilege of riding in an ambulance I tried to look up the cost. An article by the company (which I’ll try to find) mentioned that they only get about 50% recovery on bills (ie half of everyone that rides fails to pay). What does that mean for you? It means that your bill is covering those people. Same goes for hospitals, all the care they have to give for free is picked up by you in your bill. So people without insurance that skip out on all their ER visits pass their costs on to you. The same way shoplifting means products you buy are more expensive.
The conclusion here, is that you are currently paying for an enormous number of people, in the most complicated and expensive way possible, all the while getting none of the benefits for yourself. So you may not like socialism, and you can still hate UHC, just stop making that stupid comment.
 If you don’t currently pay taxes, you won’t be paying for other people’s care under tax-funded-UHC , so there isn’t any reason for you to make the comment in the first place. And if you’re not paying taxes, chances are everyone else is paying for your health care in one of the ways mentioned above.
 If you have no insurance, than under UHC you would GET insurance, paid for by someone else.
 If you are currently sick or receiving treatment for something, other people are paying for YOUR health care, so you should be a lot more grateful.