Mandatory health insurance is near
A report by the Associated Press was released Thursday posting the results of the largest study yet predicting mandatory premiums in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) legislation.
As the report states, the largest question in the healthcare debate is whether consumers will be able to afford the premiums or not. The published start dates and projected premiums of the health care legislation are a sobering set of facts.
Starting Oct. 1, people who don’t have health care coverage on their job can go to new online insurance markets in their states to shop for a private plan and find out if they qualify for a tax credit. Come Jan. 1, virtually all Americans will be required to have coverage, or face fines. At the same time, insurance companies will no longer be able to turn away people in poor health.
The sticker price for a 21 year-old for a mid-range policy will average about $270…a 40-year-old buying a mid-range plan will average close to $330. For a 60-year-old, they were nearly double that at $615 a month.
Data collectors for the study wanted to remind readers that it’s a market with big price differences among age groups, states and even within states. Also, there will be government tax breaks for many people, so in many cases these numbers do not reflect the real cost for many Americans.
But, as the article states, for the uninsured who currently pay nothing, this will be a big expense that will soon be mandatory.
So what happens if a citizen refuses payment? They will be fined. And, if they refuse to pay the fine? Will they be put in jail, or banished to continual debt?
The force and magnitude of this legislation is becoming very real, and the question of whether our system is equipped to handle it is still unknown to many lawmakers, much less the public at large.
All of this weight brings to mind an old story in our history: After emerging from Independence Hall and the Constitutional Convention our country’s forefathers a woman asked Ben Franklin if the leaders had decided on a monarchy or a republic. Ben said to the woman, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.”
A republic was made so that America’s citizens could throw off the yoke of oppressive, obligatory rule. To keep a true republic is in the interests of all of America’s children.
Forced insurance seems to be an oppressive, obligatory rule; it consolidates power and neglects freewill.
Humanitarian projects such as these need to be done by the people, for the people, in good willed service, not forced servitude.
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