How many people pay their emergency room bill in a timely manner? 30 days? 60 days? 90 days after receiving treatment? Chances are most of us (myself included) pay this type of medical bill off whenever we can afford it...paying a little here and a little there. I mean, let's be honest! If you can't afford to pay it, you can't afford to pay it. Thing is, some people use the emergency room as "primary care" while others (like me) use it only when you have no other choise, i.e., a late night accident and your doctor's office is closed at 2:30am.
IMO, the only way to force everyone to have health insurance is to impose a tax. Like it or not, it's the only way to reduce health care costs in the long run.
(Oh, one other thing, apdst. The Reps are also proposing a tax penalty on business large and small who do not provide health care coverage to their employees. Don't believe me? Read the Policy Option for yourself and see...last paragraph, bottom of page 40.)