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The individual mandate was touted as the mechanism that would cause 20 million or so uninsured to finally get health insurance and stop burdening leftist consciences.
Without the individual mandate forcing the young and healthy to buy insurance so their premiums can subsidize the old and sick, the system falls apart. The revenue from health care frequent flyers is simply not enough to begin to cover the cost they impose on the system.
Just as socialism forces the hard–working to support the lazy, socialized medicine uses the premiums of the healthy to pay for the sick.
The theory was, if you can dignify this collection of wishful thinking and compulsion with that term, a large fine for not having insurance would be enough to coerce the uninsured into the system, thereby spreading the cost over a much larger revenue base.
Only the uninsured aren't necessarily going into the system and the Ferguson Effect could well mean the scofflaws won't have to pay the fines either.
The whole, depressing tale can be yours by clicking this magic hyperlink. You won't be sorry.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience.
He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor and available on Amazon.com)."
Click here to read the Shannon report at the Whole Shebang (mostly)
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