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I am so happy that you and your family have great healthcare, but the debate going on isnt just about you. I can understand you not wanting to pay for others care, I get it and dont think you less humane for it. I just dont think it to be a purely philanthropic endeavor for us to pass healthcare reform
WRONG. It is ALL about me, about what I will pay, about what I can access, about who I will see and what will be done for ME. I pay for my healthcare, and subsidize the cost for others, and you will find absolutely NO room for the argument of morality in this situation
Until you leave aside the argument of morality, and can explain in plain terms why I should support this because it is good for ME, then you'll get nothing but my resistance.
Uninsured goes to the hospital runs up 15k stay for an amputation. They cant pay. The hospital defrays the cost for amputations by charging more for that surgery. Your insurance company now has to pay more for people they cover who get amputations, the insurance company defrays cost of by raising premiums for everybody.
Now if that person had coverage, the price could be regulate. Maybe the condition that caused them to need an amputation could have been treated earlier. Either way your premiums go down. You benefit
Say there is a public option. The government sets the price low (because they are the government and can right). Private companies in order to compete have to either lower prices or provide a service you cant get on the public plan. Either way you get a better private plan. You benefit.
Its not about morality, or philanthropy or doing the right thing. The more people covered the better it is for everybody.
I could have just let him die, got any one of the other 7 billion people on the planet to replace him, and not have paid anything for his healthcare.