I think it is wrong, and against the Constitution to make all citizens purchase something from the private sector. The government makes all taxpayers pay for national defense, federal worker salaries, infastructure, etc, via taxes, but they are grossly overstepping their bounds. I think that everyone deserves affordable health care, but making us all purchase insurance isn't the answer. If anything, the government should be doing more to regulate the insurance industry to make it more affordable for everyone down through minimum wage workers, and also work to make it more difficult for insurers to drop people when they have a health issue, get rid of pre-existing condition exclusions, and regulate what must be covered on every basic policy. I really believe that most people would carry health insurance if they could afford it comfortably, but the problem is that they can't. Either their employers don't offer benefits, or the premiums that they would have to pay, even for employer offered coverage would make it impossible for them to pay for basic needs such as food, electricity, shelter, etc. I am fortunate enough to have coverage, and a decent job, but until my DH re-entered the work force, I struggled to pay the deductibles and co-pays for our coverage. I had dental and vision, but we had to pay out of pocket, and then submit for reimbursement. I often didn't have that much money sitting around to go to the dentist or eye doctor, but kept the coverage in case of a catastrophic emergency. Insurance prices keep going up, but covering less, so no wonder so many Americans are struggling.View Thread
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