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Should Americans be required to buy health insurance?

  • Everyone should carry their own weight.

    Anyone who expects to be treated at the hospital, emergency room or doctor's office should be required to pay a portion of their income toward an insurance policy. If you do not pay for and keep up with paying your premium, you should not be allowed treatment. If you have children, it should be a law to keep coverage on them or face losing custody of them. If you are on disability, you are automatically covered by Medicaid, but if you are not on disability, you should have to work and supply the funds to provide coverage for yourself. Again, it should only be a portion of your income; if you only make $10 thousand a year, you would have to pay 10 percent of that amount for coverage. The same for all amounts of income. We can't keep expecting the government to let people live for free and tax the working class for their incompetence.

  • All Americans should be required to buy health insurance.

    Americans who don't have health insurance put a financial drain on those who do have it, and therefore are irresponsible citizens. The "no-have" patients visit emergency rooms (ER's) more frequently and this cost is passed on to the "have" patients in hospitals in the form of miscellaneous charges on their hospital invoices. Of course their insurance companies pick up the tab, and as a result everyone's premiums are increased. Before you go out and buy that 90" wide-screen TV, before you buy an i-phone with a $200 a month user plan, before you buy a brand new BMW, and before you get multiple tattoos -- get some health insurance. If you absolutely can't afford it, and can prove it, the government should provide a basic policy. This is not socialized medicine -- it is merely requiring everybody to have health insurance. I'll go one step further and say that it's being patriotic.

  • Who pays for the people who don't have it?

    If someone doesn't have health insurance, and they get sick, who pays for their medical care? We're not going to just let someone die, so someone's got to pick up the tab-- and that's probably going to be society as a whole. Just like it's a requirement to have auto insurance if you want to drive on the road, it should be required to have health insurance if you want to live in society and get medical care.

  • Yes we should all buy it

    Under Obamacare it's going to be the law of the land, the right win may whine about this but it's going to be a fact before to long.

    Everyone buying health insurance is a step in the right direction here at home, it will help reduce costs, keep people living longer and happier lives.

    Change is something that is hard for many to cope with but in the long run this will help save many lives it's a great thing that's happening in the U.S.

  • I'm sick of paying for people who don't have insurance.

    It's simple, really - if you can afford health insurance and you decide not to carry it for whatever reason and you incur a major medical bill, those of us who do have insurance are subsidizing your existence. This is obviously wrong. Stop being a freeloader and pay up. If you're too dumb or too selfish to do so, the government needs to force you to pay up.

  • This is a joke right?

    How ignorant can you be to think that there will always be some "other" way to pay for services rendered to you? FACT: People will get sick, hurt, and need medical services. FACT: People will die. So why not do the right thing, as an American, and contribute TO society? The American way is to help each other grow and to have pride and be the best. That requires every, single, person to CONTRIBUTE. Those of you who think it's hinging on a violation of your freedom rights should think about the people administering those services. Do you like doing a job and not getting paid? That's what will happen if we continue to attempt to drain the system of every last bit of life and money. It's your DUTY as an American to contribute. Freedom....It's not free. Our men and women fight for it day after day for us to be able to argue like this. As one person said before....Before you go and buy X, Y, or Z, make sure you're covered. Doesn't have to be a million dollar plan...But I'll be damned if you think I'm paying for your services just because you want your "freedom of choice".

  • Freedom to Choose

    I think people should have the choice if they want health insurance or not. They don't need people telling them to buy it. As individuals, we are responsible for making our choices, and if one chooses to not have health insurance, they need to understand possible consequences that can come with not having it. I do not think the government should tell someone to buy something, if they truly feel they do not need it.

  • Think of the poor people!

    What about people who can't afford healthcare? What if they are on Work Comp. And can't provide 4 their family? Think about the people, man! Sure, it'd contribute to society, but what if you can't pay for insurance, and your child gets ebola? What if you get a heart attack? If you can't buy healthcare, you can't do anything! Government should provide healthcare. At least take a census so you know who to/ who not to provide for.

  • America has the right to choose

    This country was founded on the belief that man/women should have a say in the laws that are made that will effect his/her family and life. People should have a say in whether or not they even need health care. This country has become more of a dictatorship and less and less of a republic, it has become the very thing that we separated from when we fled from England.

  • Americans should have the right to choose

    These days America is more of a dictatorship and is getting less and less of a republic. Americans should be able to choose whether or not the need health insurance, this country was founded on that belief that man should have a say in what becomes of him/her. The world has changed so much.

  • Unconstitutional forced healthcare

    We should not be forced to have a health care plan we don't want. It is over priced and NOT affordable. I pay my own way and now have to pay a penalty for that. Now I cannot afford to go to the doctor or dentist, because I have to save and put that money aside to pay the penalty for not having insurance. Having insurance would cost more than the penalty, so I opted for the penalty. I now receive no health care at all because I have to use that money to pay the penalty.

  • Forcing citizens to buy products from Commercial Companies is unconstitutional

    The government should not force citizens to purchase services and products from commercial companies. If the government thinks that this is a requirement, it should make healthcare universal assuring everyone receives the same base care. Those citizens who want to buy private insurance will then do so at their own will.

  • 56% of Americans do not believe that it is the "responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage."

    The founding documents of the United States do not provide support for a right to health care. Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence does it say there is a right to health care. The purpose of the US Constitution, as stated in the Preamble, is to "promote the general welfare," not to provide it. The Bill of Rights lists a number of personal freedoms that the government cannot infringe upon, not material goods or services that the government must provide.

    According to former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), "you have a right to your life and you have a right to your liberty and you have a right to keep what you earn in a free country... You do not have the right to services or things."
    Implementing a right to health care could lead the United States towards socialism. Socialism, by definition, entails government control of the distribution of goods and services. Under a single-payer system where everyone has a right to health care, and all health care bills are paid by the government, the government can control the distribution of health care services. According to Ronald Reagan, "one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine," and once socialized medicine is instituted, "behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom." A right to health care could cause people to overuse health care resources. When people are provided with universal health care and are not directly responsible for the costs of medical services, they may utilize more health resources than necessary, a phenomenon known as "moral hazard."

  • 56% of Americans do not believe that it is the "responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage."

    The founding documents of the United States do not provide support for a right to health care. Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence does it say there is a right to health care. The purpose of the US Constitution, as stated in the Preamble, is to "promote the general welfare," not to provide it. The Bill of Rights lists a number of personal freedoms that the government cannot infringe upon, not material goods or services that the government must provide. According to former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), "you have a right to your life and you have a right to your liberty and you have a right to keep what you earn in a free country... You do not have the right to services or things."
    Implementing a right to health care could lead the United States towards socialism. Socialism, by definition, entails government control of the distribution of goods and services. Under a single-payer system where everyone has a right to health care, and all health care bills are paid by the government, the government can control the distribution of health care services. According to Ronald Reagan, "one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine," and once socialized medicine is instituted, "behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom." A right to health care could cause people to overuse health care resources. When people are provided with universal health care and are not directly responsible for the costs of medical services, they may utilize more health resources than necessary, a phenomenon known as "moral hazard."

  • Their Life, Their Choice

    While I do believe that health care should be made affordable to every person, I don't believe we should force people to buy health insurance. Some people don't want to have health insurance, and this could be for a multitude of reasons. This can include a lack of trust in the health insurance being provided, having fantastic health, or not wanting to pay the monthly price of health insurance even if it's affordable. Now if someone who decides not to get health insurance get's into an accident or get's sick then that person would have to pay the full bill. They had full knowledge of their decision to not buy health insurance, and now they would pay the consequences for their decisions. The person of course could buy health insurance after the fact, but the medical bill would still have to be payed out of pocket. Unless the Health Insurer willingly pays the medical bill, but that's up to the insurer.

    The only exception I would have to this rule is if the person has children. If that's the case then it should be mandatory for the parent's to have health insurance for their children, and this is because of the whole "legal guardian" aspect of the law.

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