"I'm not going to pay for someone else's insurance."
"I have good insurance! Why should I pay for somebody else's medical care?"
I hear crap like this everyday. Somehow people really believe this, too.
GET REAL PEOPLE! YOU PAY FOR IT NOW! AND GUESS WHAT? THERE IS NO MODEL OF HEALTH CARE WHERE YOU WON'T!!!
Let's look at this: Mr. Poorsap has no insurance. Maybe he's unemployed. Or an illegal immigrant. Or he's working his ass off, but his job doesn't give him benefits.
Mr. Poorsap has a heart attack. Or gets cancer. Or falls down a manhole. Whatever. He goes to Local ER, and needs to be admitted. Legally, Local Hospital can't turn him away.
He's sick as shit. He needs surgery, maybe more than one. A lot of medications. He has a lot of tests. And a few complications. He's in the hospital for a month before he's finally able to go home.
His bill is $1 million dollars (hypothetical number). There's no way in hell he'll ever be able to pay a significant portion of that.
Local Hospital has to pay the nurses who took care of him, and the companies who sold them medical supplies and drugs to take care of him. They really can't afford to write off that $1 million. So they raise the rates on EVERYONE who comes to the hospital, to help offset the costs of the uninsured.
So they send all these bills to Giant Insurance, Inc., who pays them. Of course, Giant Insurance, Inc. has staff and rent and office supplies to pay for. They need to make-up the money to offset their losses on what the hospital charged them to make up their uninsured patient losses. And so Giant Insurance, Inc. passes the increased costs on to YOU, by raising your premiums.
And multiply this by tens of thousands uninsured Mr. Poorsaps every day, across the country.
Look at this like shoplifting, people: I don't shoplift (well at least not non-Diet Coke items), and I hope you don't shoplift. But somebody does. So if over the course of a year Local Grocery loses $100,000 to shoplifting, they need to make up that loss by increasing their prices. And we ALL pay those when we go grocery shopping.
So regardless of whether you oppose or support the current plans, or voted red or blue, the bottom line is that YOU ALREADY DO, AND ALWAYS WILL, pay for someone else's insurance. The only people who don't are the ones who have no coverage in the first place. Any politician on either side who tells you otherwise is full of shit.
This is a standard model of business (and health care is a business), and has been since the first business opened it's doors a long time ago. You have to make up your losses somewhere.