IllinoisBandit wrote:And seriously people, lots of people get free health care all the time in America. You call for an ambulance, get treated, and then never pay the bill. Poor people do this all the time. Now if you need a transplant or major surgery this obviously won't work (like another poster said, this is not a right, but a privilege), but if you need emergency care it can always be had for free.
I think this is an interesting point. I know it sounds bad, but this is a case where a free market works itself out. Poorer people use the emergency room system to get treatment they necessarily need. It's an expensive service, and some people don't pay the bill. That cost is then passed on to others who can afford to pay the bill, resulting in a de facto tax on the insured as a result of the uninsured. Seems like we already have a pseudo-socialized system, and it does tax the "wealthy" to pay for the medical care of the poor.
Personally, I think the problem here is that the insurance companies have become an unnecessary middle man. They're inefficient and cumbersome, and they do nothing but cost all of us more money. Actually, I think Rugby might have said that earlier. If that's the case... What he said.