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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 29, 2012, 07:29 PM

7. actually I am talking about the law that is being reviewed by the court. you are taking a step back

from the law and looking at all options - one of which (single payer) was ruled out before the ACA was written.

My point is that, in reality, since nobody is going to get through life without needing medical care, nobody is being FORCED to get medical insurance. People do have the option to say "no thanks" to medical insurance but they were wrong in calling the resultant fee a penalty. It should have been recognized - in the law - as a contribution to the community's effort (through the agency of the government) to compensate hospitals for providing medical care for those who cannot pay for it. Anybody who chooses (note 'choose' means I am not talking about people who can't afford it) to NOT get medical insurance will inevitably be among those who will someday need medical treatment but will not be able to pay for it. At that point it will be up to the community - all of us taxpayers - to pay for their medical care. So it's legitimate to expect them to kick in something to that fund which will pay for their medical care at some time in the future.

The question of whether we need to keep for profit insurers in business and would be better off with a single payer system is another discussion. (I think the answer to that question should be obvious)

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