Specifically, what should we do about the uninsured. The individual mandate, coupled with taxes (fines) and credits to help those that can’t afford it is one solution to the problem. I am curious about what those who are against the mandate think we should do instead, thus this poll.
So imagine we have a 27 year old healthy high school graduate who is living hand to mouth working as a waiter and slowly putting himself through nursing school. He decides that he is healthy enough that he does not purchase insurance and takes care of any medical needs he has using cash. Well and good, until he gets and appendicitis and goes to the hospital. The cost of the appendectomy and the complications is going to run $50,000 (instead of the usual $15,000 because it ruptured), money that our otherwise healthy nursing school student does not have. He also does not have this kind of credit approved for him. How should we as a society handle these types of cases?
Note, he could just have been a she and the appendicitis could have easily been an aggressive form of breast cancer needing a mastectomy and chemotherapy for a total cost of $300,000. Does this change the calculus?
Poll to follow.