One of the most important features of the new Health Care Insurance reform is that everyone has to be on board. Normally, as in a normal country with a normal government and stuff, taxes would be raised in some fair manner and this would pay for health care. In our screwed up country, that can’t happen because it violates the Don’t Tax Me Bro religious belief of 50.01 percent of the country. Apparently. Therefore, the mandated insurance rule that requires everyone has insurance was introduced to make it possible to have a national health care plan that kinda works. However, since the US Government, capable of putting people into concentration camps large and small, capable of massive spying on its own citizens, capable of running down our own economy to fund wars of occupation in foreign lands, can’t, according to the US Supreme Court, tell people that they have to buy health insurance instead of just getting sick enough that society is forced to take care of them for free (but at a higher cost to us).
Fine. Let it be that way, but maybe we have to make some other rules as well. Like, federal funds can be withheld from any state that funds hospitals that treat people without insurance. That would force states to fix this problem on their own. Or not. If not, we get a nice addition to the Third World effect, and the difference between the haves and have nots would grow and become more regional. Then, at least, we get to have a civil war instead of one of those pesky foreign wars!
Actually, I’m fine with getting rid of the mandate. It’s easy to fix. We simply impose a large additional “person tax” on every person, collectible via both income and capital gains taxes, which is double the cost of a public option insurance policy. Then, if someone buys into a public option insurance policy (probably expanded medi-whatever, with state and federal offerings, because heaver forbid we do it the easy way) then they become exempt from the tax. Having any other certified medical insurance would also exempt one from the tax.
Anyone who is stupid enough to pay the tax gets a) to pay the rest of us a lot of money and b) has no health insurance.
We don’t know the final outcome yet, of course. This concern … that SCOTUS will strike down the mandate … is based on current reporting from NPR at the scene, where arguments among people who will not be affected by their own decision in any way at all are being made.