From the VOMITORIUM
Everyone of us has heard the argument on the individual mandate….whether it is good or bad or maybe even a bit evil……but why the individual mandate? And since so many of us will be voting with the idea that Obamacare can be repealed, I thought I would tackle the most controversial part of the health act.
It was a compromise to keep the public option off the negotiating table….yep, it is that simple! What about a simple explanation? Andrew Turner’s explanation…….
The reasoning behind the individual mandate is simply that everyone uses healthcare, whether they are insured or not, because doctors and nurses treat everyone whether they can or cannot pay, because of an oath they take as healthcare providers. So, when those without insurance receive treatment, the cost of that treatment is placed on those who are insured, driving up costs exponentially each year. If everyone is mandated to buy insurance, everyone will “pay his or her fair share.” That’s the idea behind it, at least.
Many Republican leaders would have you believe that the individual mandate was a devil child of Obama and Stalin, but it’s actually forced capitalism, not socialism. Until Obama advocated for the mandate, many Democrats and Republicans supported it. In fact, it was a Republican idea originally, implemented by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while he was governor of Massachusetts.
In closing let me quote “Political Wire”…….
The Obama administration will soon announce $1.3 billion in rebate checks to nearly 16 million Americans from health insurance companies.
Mark Halperin: “From almost the moment the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a “ObamaCare”) was signed into law, the administration has been playing defense… But the rebate provision of the law — the fruits of the so-called ’80/20 rule’ — is about to kick in big time, as millions of Americans receive rebate checks or premium reductions from insurance companies who have failed to spend enough on patient care. This cash could be a true game changer in public attitudes about whether the law actually is beneficial and good public policy.”
How will it play in the campaigns?