Thanks to Todd for the tip on this one:
“Monthly penalties for those who can afford health care but refuse will jump and could total as much as $912 for individuals by December.”
So, let’s say I’m a 22-year old guy and I make decent money. I’m healthy, I live a healthy lifestyle, so I roll the dice and decide I don’t want to pay $500 a month for Health Insurance. Now, it is true that this decision makes health insurance a teeny tiny bit more expensive for everyone else. Indeed, the law has caused the cost of Health Insurance to drop 7% – 13%, but at what expense? Apparently the law says “if you can afford health insurance, you must buy it.” 71% of working-class adults are in favor of the law. Guess who they are? The people who were already insured. What a concept! Force non-consumers to consume, and drive the prices down for all the consumers. Tyranny of the consuming majority.
Todd calls this a “nanny state” law, but the term “nanny” implies someone who actually cares about it’s little charges. Let’s be honest, people, the politicians in Massachusetts were not looking out for their constituents, but for their campaign contributors, who are the people who benefitted most by this law: insurance companies. If Massachusetts were truly a nanny state, it would tax everyone to provide free health insurance to anyone who couldn’t afford it. And if someone can afford it but chooses not to, they go without.