Monday, January 30, 2012

We Are All Deadbeats Now

Newt Gingrich 2009 (h.t. Althouse):
We believe that there should be must carry – that is, everybody should either have health insurance or if you’re an absolute libertarian, we would allow you to post a bond, but we would not allow people to be free riders failing to insure themselves and then showing up at the emergency room with no means of payment.

The assumption behind every effort to socialize health care is that anyone who does not buy health insurance is planning on stiffing the hospital. It's a corrosive and false belief. For example, I don't carry comprehensive insurance on my 15 year old F-250. But is it to be assumed, were the truck damaged in an accident, that I'd skip out on paying the collision shop for fixing it? Of course not.

The problem is that feel-good politicians have made it law that hospitals must treat everybody without regard for their ability to pay and that the bills can then be discharged through bankruptcy. The first may make sense, the second is ridiculous and no excuse for government to force us to do something which may very well be opposed to our own economic self-interest.

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