Since gleeful Republicans are celebrating the demise of the individual mandate for health insurance, as negated under the recent tax giveaway to billionaires and corporations, I think it’s time for those same Republicans to put their necks where their supposed principles lie.
Since Republicans think it unfair to force individuals to pay into a pool for the overall public good regarding health care, then they shouldn’t have any problem with the converse as well. That is to say, the overall public should not have to pay for the health care of an individual who roles the dice and decides not to get health insurance. I’m not talking about those who can’t afford it, or minors. I am speaking of individuals who willingly and knowingly choose not to purchase health insurance.
To that effect, Republicans need to introduce legislation that requires people to register their health-care status. Those who choose not to purchase health care, as is now their Republican-given right, will be placed on a national registry. What this would mean is that anyone on the registry – again, those adults who have chosen not to buy health insurance – who are injured in an accident or show up at an emergency room, who can’t show that they have the financial means to pay, can be left untreated by emergency workers.
I suppose that Republicans, who constantly tout their superior moral values, could set up some alternative emergency health service system paid for by donations or supported by religious institutions, but it won’t be paid for by those taxpayers who Republicans are always so worried about when trying to cut public services. It will be interesting to see how the people currently celebrating the mandate’s repeal react when they get desperate calls for financial aid in the middle of the night by some loved one who chose to save some money, or more telling, when they have to attend the funerals of those who could have been saved if they would have had insurance.
With apologies to Jonathan Swift!
David Hogg, Fort Walton Beach