Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
I can see the legislation rolling off the press in my mind( Buy GM Act, Buy Organic Act, Buy Local Act, etc, etc ). Sure, some of it would be protest like( The Arm America Act: Everyone must own a gun ), while others would be truly in the mold of "I know what's best for you".
'Ya know, here is the way I see this -
1) If the individual mandate is struck down, then SCOTUS is going to have to either throw out the rest of it, or Congress is going to have to move fast. With the other provisions in place, insurance companies will either go bankrupt or leave the health insurance business, since the requirement that they take in pre-existing conditions will be a heavy financial burden that they won't be able to overcome. At the very least, insurance prices will skyrocket to the point where so many people will stop buying health insurance that many insurance companies will not see profit, and will stop issuing health policies.
2) If the individual mandate is struck down, people will still be seeking treatment at emergency rooms, which of course drives up the price of health care.
3) If the individual mandate is ruled not a tax, then it is clearly unconstitutional.
I would hate to be in SCOTUS' shoes right now. No matter how they rule, the decision is going to be extremely unpopular, and will further divide the nation. But bear in mind that they are going to be making their ruling with the Constitution in mind. If they do kill the individual mandate, then one of two things is going to happen. Either:
1) We will eventually be forced into a single payer system, much like Canada. We will pay a tax, and that will be ruled constitutional.
2) Those who can't afford health insurance will continue to seek treatment in emergency rooms, thus driving up the cost of health care for everybody else.
Whether we want to admit it or not, options 1 and 2 are not that different. Option 1 will clearly call for a tax, and option 2 will be the exact same thing as a tax, as far as our wallets see it. We will pay it either way.
There is also option 3 - Hospitals turn away people seeking treatment at the door. That option would not last long, once enough bodies pile up in and around hospitals, and the result would be a greater push to, and the probable success of option 1 becoming the law.
Last edited by danarhea; 03-29-12 at 06:39 PM.
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Looked at your website. Now since out representatives didn't read the bill, and Pelosi said we'd have to read it to know what was in it, I assume she, main proponent of the bill hadn't read it either, I can't see why a member of the highest court in the land, Justice Scalia, would have to read 2700. Do you? Wouldn't the telling of the HC story be on the lawyers? Since they're the one's who brought it to the Supremes, yes.
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"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith