With tens of thousands of people dying every year for lack of insurance and medical costs causing a multitude of personal bankruptcy filings, it's no time to play games with our nation's healthcare system.
Insurance coverage both improves and saves lives. We may argue over numbers, but the benefits for people are undeniable. The decision of Colorado, or any other state, cannot and should not be based upon dollars and cents alone.
We need to do a much better job of helping people understand what the health care law means for them. It's complicated, but we can give some basics, at least. Let me take a stab at answering some of the pressing questions I'm hearing over and over.
Even in Massachusetts, a state that passed a health reform law similar to Obamacare in 2006, the health care system isn't nearly good enough. Hunter Stuart tells the story of his childhood friend, who fell through a gaping hole in the safety net.
What happens right now to middle-class people who don't want to buy health insurance? Every year some of them get a serious illness, or get hit by a car. Remarkably, these people don't stay at home and die, wishing they had bought health insurance.
The Court's conservative justices portrayed the ACA's individual mandate as coercing Americans to buy insurance they don't want or need. So who are the victims of the individual mandate? Why must the Supreme Court protect them from this tyrannical law?
The federal government forces me to spend money in order to use a product/service to redress a market imperfection. As the result of these mandates, I get safer food, a cleaner environment, and more affordable healthcare.