ObsessoMom wrote:Probably the same jerk who decided that to get health insurance, you need a job
Would that be the same person that decreed that to get a salary you needed a job? Remember, health insurance was not born full-blown at its inception. It was a perq for some employees at some (large) corporations, which took the place of salary
. It was popular because it was paid for with pre-tax money (it was a tax deductable expense to the corporation, which also got it at a bulk discount). It was also introduced when the standard model for health was fee for service, and doctors would themselves often make allowances for lower income people.
But nothing happens that doesn't affect everything else, and as health insurance spread, the model of health service delivery adjusted itself, and now we are dependent on it.
Health costs have also increased because we know more medicine and have more tools (which cost money) to keep people alive with. In the old days, those people would have died.
It's not fair to implicate the past with the present.
CorruptUser wrote:But the "public" is very large, and you can be a free-rider if you don't pay for "your" segment of the public.
...which is why things like taxes are enforced by law, and not merely voluntary charitable contributions. But don't confuse enforcement (which is what you are talking about) with enactment (which is what I am talking about).