27% of the population is *already* treated on someone's dime other than theirs, and likely other than yours. Not enough??
Cobra can't be denied by the employer, if he's worked 30 years, he can freaking afford it, or he can gamble. His call, not yours, not mine.Either because his employer's insurance only allows cobra for a limited time, or because the cost was prohibitive.
There are so many free health care opportunities in the U.S. it's nuts. You have to research to find them, imagine that.There is no such thing as a "free provider." The only free care is at the emergency room, and that is only free if you simply don't pay your bill.
And you still haven't admitted that someone who worked for 30 years can afford to pay a single doctor consultation visit to work out his drug needs considering that he's already been prescribed.
But in your claim he couldn't afford a single, inexpensive doctor visit to get on different meds. Or, pay for Cobra, that covered his pre-existing. You're not making any sense.You seem to have forgotten that he did have a savings account, and did purchase an individual policy. It is not a case of individual irresponsibility.
This makes no sense. Healthcare costs rise over time. What are you not getting here? If the average person can't afford it, it's not something the average person should purchase.As for the "it's insurance" argument above, that's the problem: It is insurance. Unfortunately, insurance is not what is needed. What is needed is a system that (1) covers everyone, even those with "pre existing conditions", and (2) doesn't keep raising costs to the point that the average person can't afford health care.
What does this have to do with pre-existing and Mr. Smith being a poor example? Go off on tangents if you like, I don't have the time to join you in the witch hunt.Medical bills are the #1 cause of individual bankruptcy in the US. It doesn't have to be that way, but it is that way. Further, we pay more than any other nation for health care. That is simply not sustainable.
It's all ****ing fun and games if you can force someone else to pay for your half-baked ideas isn't it.