When you live as part of a society you don’t always get to pick and choose what you want that primarily benefits you, because if you choose wrong, that society is frequently obligated to bail you out.
Who will pay the costs of health care for that person who exercised their “freedom to choose” when they incur thousands of dollars in bills …or will we simply deny care unless paid in advance?
“Repealing the individual mandate simply restores to people the freedom to choose,” Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has opposed previous Obamacare repeal efforts, wrote in an opinion piece in Alaska’s Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “Instead of taxing people for not being able to afford coverage, we should be working to reduce costs and provide options.”
Since I have no children in school, I choose to not pay that portion of property taxes going to the board of education. Since I have never smoked, I choose not to pay taxes that go to anti-smoking campaigns.
If I drive a car most states require me buy auto liability insurance and the few states that don’t charge a separate fee or require posting a cash bond.
I don’t get to choose if I want to pay the Medicare payroll tax or not either.
And since I have carried health insurance my whole life and even in retirement pay over $1200 a month, I choose not to pay for the uncompensated care incurred by people who choose not to carry health insurance.
The Republican argument to remove the mandate aside from being economically detrimental and unfair to most Americans, simply makes the case stronger for universal health care when this entire discussion would be irrelevant (and we would have far more to worry about). I wonder how many members of Congress have made the enlightened choice not to carry health insurance?
If a person does not need a lot of insurance let them buy the cheapest plan. Here is one for a 45 year old earning $45,000 a year in Alaska. Can you honestly tell me this person does not spend at least $151 a month on non necessities? Let’s be honest Senator Murkowski, this isn’t about the $151.79, it is about the $442.31 credit.