@TBR, what we need to do is stop limiting which insurance companies can sell in which states. Right now, the government limits which states the insurance companies can sell in. If you have ten or more companies competing, that makes insurance affordable for everyone and it happens without this horrible mandate that everyone must buy insurance.
The only limits to who can sell on the exchanges are put by 1) The state 2) complying with the ACAs minimum coverage. Not really a problem with the law to me. As to the mandate, don't buy any pay the penalty.
Well, its tough for me to argue when I really want to move on to single-payer, but... We pay for stuff all the time we have no desire buying. That we have these insurers in the middle makes it look odd, but it is not much different than the new drone I don't want to buy.
Well, I think a mandate is wrong, but I think having more competition in the free market is a good thing, as well as having tax deductions for medical expenses (which is how you'd help people who are lower income). I agree, healthcare shouldn't be dependent on whether or not you have a job, but I believe there are ways that we can solve this using the free market and not the government. Government involvement has only made the healthcare system worse.
Capitalism in the healthcare market has really and it detriment HMO i've been awful Looking back I'm just that long ago, most hospitals weren't profit centers. Absurd escalation costs came from many factors, but you can't dismiss the profit motives of everyone in the chain.