Requiring health insurance is a enforcing conservative values

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    Requiring health insurance forces people to be responsible for their own health care.

    If someone does not have health insurance the rest of us pay their bills. We pay their bills through health care providers increasing the costs to those who can pay. Many times the government pays the bill of those who do not pay using our tax dollars.

    People who choose not to have health care insurance cannot choose not to get sick.

    If an individual does not have health care coverage the rest of us will end up paying their costs one way or another.

    To enforce personal accountability for health care costs we have two choices.
    1. Mandate health care insurance
    2. Do not treat individuals who cannot pay.

    I believe in personal accountability and I believe in option 1 to make people accountable. for their health care.
     
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    No. Requiring Health Insurance forces people to pay for the health care of others.
     
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    I believe you have no idea what "conservative" means.

    A conservative takes responsibility for his own situation. He does not presume to know what is best for everyone else.
     
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    No. Being responsible for ones own health care means that you pay for it yourself without government intrusion into your life.
     
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    In theory that sounds good.

    In the real world it does not work.

    Your neighbor chooses not to buy healthcare. He has a heart attack. He rund up $300,000 in bills. He has no savings.

    Who pays for it?
     
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    In theory yes but that does not always work in the real world.

    You have a job and good insurance. You lose your job and your insurance. You cannot afford paying for insurance while not employed.

    You have a heart attack and run up $300,000 in bills.

    Who pays for it?
     
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    Conservatives should refuse to use public highways, police, fire departments, right?
     
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    Lets say you have a good job and good insurance. You have a heart attack and run up $300,000 in bills. The insurance company pays the bill.
    You lose your job and cannot get proivate insurance because of a pre-existing condition(you had a heart attack).
    While unemployed and uninsured you have a second heart attack. You run up $200,000 in bills.

    Who pays it?
     
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    Private foundations.
    The hospital absorbs the loss
    His relatives
    His neighbors
    His church

    This is the issue. To big government types the only and universal solution is more big government. There are no mechanisms outside of government that are capable of dealing with these issues, despite the fact that they did just fine before big government got into the act.
    In any case, unreimbursed health care expenses are a very small part of the problem in health care.
     
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    Liberals should refuse to use anything that needs fossil fuels to produce.....roads.....vehicles....plastics...computers...cell-phones....XBOX360s....vibrators....
     

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