American Elephants


So You Think You’ll Get Free Health Insurance? by The Elephant's Child
September 27, 2009, 2:32 am
Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Law | Tags: , ,

Are you one of those healthy young adults who has chosen to go without health insurance? Not for long. The Baucus bill will charge you a $1800 “fee” for not buying health insurance. Violators of this requirement could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, according to a handwritten note sent by the Chief of Staff Tom Barthold of the Joint Committee on Taxation to Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.).

Democrats are uninterested in any free market solutions to holding down the costs of healthcare, so it is imperative that they have all healthy young adults buying insurance. Lots of people paying who make no real demands on medical care.

The theory is that and cutting Medicare will help to pay for all the added costs.The Medicare cuts — cutting reimbursement to doctors and hospitals and other service providers — will simply raise the cost of everyone else’s health care through cost shifting. And rationing, of course.  People like to claim that there is rationing now, and it is true that there are some drugs deemed to expensive if there is an alternate, and treatments deemed too new and untested. But that is not the kind of rationing that will be coming in a government run program.

The theory isn’t going to work anyway.


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