Originally Posted by sfwusc
Make it a different law....It will do that for sure.
There was some history of them making people buy stuff based on career choices, but you have a good point...they could get a job in a different field. Then again, the law didn't force you to buy insurance....you could pay whatever they called the penalty "tax". Just like you could ride the bus. It will very likely go 5-4 to strike at least part of it down.
I think the law is crap myself, but I did a lot of accounting for hospitals back in the day. They are totally getting hosed on the uninsured, and a lot of the hospitals at least around here are government owned or not for profit. Also, they pass on those cost to those that can pay via higher cost to paying customers. Taxpayers are paying either way (directly or indirectly) ....at least this way some people are being forced to pay something directly.
That said....it really screws younger health citizens for the benefit of the older sick citizens.
People sick are going to crash healthcare providers somewhere...clinics, ER, or doctor's offices depending on their finances. They are cost the system more money by not getting cheaper Tx early to avoid the expensive Tx given in the ER. It makes sense to eat the cheaper cost to avoid the end cost from a business point of view if you are the payer either way (government through medicaid on the drugs or the owner of the hospital force to give free care in ER).
Yeah I could give a hot deuce about society or the costs they incur -- I want this thing to pass to keep the cash flowing to healthcare, especially with all these new effing schools opening and the unfortunate automation/etc. increases in efficiency in pharmacy. Forget principles. I'd be for the law if they were forcing everyone to buy metformin/simvastatin/omeprazole every month whether they needed it or not!