The Kennedy-Dodd bill would create an individual mandate requiring you to buy a “qualified” health insurance plan, as defined by the government. If you don’t have “qualified” health insurance for a given month, you will pay a new Federal tax.
Take all the things that are off about US healthcare, ignore them, and heave a corporate subsidy into place as a solution.
Those who keep themselves healthy would be subsidizing premiums for those with risky or unhealthy behaviors
force patients to accept what a bureaucrat deems “proper” healthcare regardless of what the patient deems proper care
- if you are economist, have you actually heard about transaction costs? (and see also this about free market efficiency)
- for the rest of us who live in the real world, does the word "cartel" sound familiar? At least you vote for the government (and round the rest of the world, governments routinely get voted out over the state of their health systems)
- yep, choice itself is a good thing, but the mere fact that the government is going to provide healthcare doesn't mean choice goes away.