One of the main reasons we are required to buy health insurance now is because hospitals are required by law to stabilize a patient in need of imminent life saving care regardless of their ability to pay. Many Republicans say "well just get rid of that requirement!" Sounds like a wonderful idea. If you don't live in the real world. Just last week I found out that health insurance that I paid for my son through my employer did not actually exist. It was a paperwork glitch and both my employer and insurer blame the other. Whatever. Point is, in the ideal Republican world, if my son had an accident or severe illness and needed life saving hospital care immediately - they would have been fine with him dying because a few grown ups messed up some paperwork - even though his father did the responsible thing and bought health insurance for him. They discount the reality that in the heat of an emergency there are numerous Americans WITH health coverage that might not be able to immediately prove they have it. What about people who get mugged and have their wallet stolen and show up unconscious, the hospital doesn't know who they are? As far as they know - they are uninsured, so in ideal Republican land where hospitals are not required to stabilize patients in danger of losing their lives - its OK just to let them die. I just think that's fucked. That's all. I was pretty nervous knowing my son's coverage would be denied until the paperwork glitch was fixed, but I was at least comforted by the fact that if he experienced a life threatening emergency, the hospital would be required to treat him even though the insurance company (who I paid money to) would refuse to pay it at first.