Study: Average Family Pays $1G a Year to Cover the Uninsured
This article’s main point is that when people receive health care, somebody has to pay. And if someone without insurance receives health care, those of us with insurance pay a “hidden tax” in the form of higher medical costs and therefore higher premiums.
So, naturally, the solution is to get everybody some health insurance, right?
Except that a lot of people who don’t have insurance, do not have it because they are unemployed and could not afford it. Or they are employed, but their employer (who may be themself) doesn’t offer it, and they themselves can’t afford it, so they go without.
So, if they can’t afford it, but we make them get it, who is going to pay for it?
Yeah, basically the same folks paying for it now. It just won’t be a hidden tax.
This is precisely what every average American does know . . . and those I encounter who don’t know it, I am happy to explain it to them. Nothing is free – ever – for those who work for a living. It’s just the way it is. Anyway, it’s cheaper for us to pay it this way than to make socialized medicine happen. I don’t want to level the health care field at all.