The reality of mandatory health insurance
A couple of tidbits.
"My husband retired from IBM about a decade ago, and as we aren't old enough for Medicare we still buy our health insurance through the company. But IBM, with its typical courtesy, informed us recently that we will be fined by the state.
Why? Because Massachusetts requires every resident to have health insurance, and this year, without informing us directly, the state had changed the rules in a way that made our bare-bones policy no longer acceptable. Unless we ponied up for a pricier policy we neither need nor wantóor enrolled in a government-sponsored insurance planówe would have to pay $1,000 each year to the state."
"Ten years ago, we had excellent coverage through a more gold-plated plan. But we found that it was no longer worth paying the premiums and scaled back to a more modest policy. Today, we pay about $300 a month for catastrophic care. If we went with the next step up in plans offered to us by IBM, our monthly premium would increase to $800. We simply don't need to pay that kind of money for the amount of health care we actually consume."
"Mr. Romney and Sen. Ted Kennedy publicly promised that the middle classóthat is, people like usówould not be taxed and that our health-care costs would actually decrease if the plan became law. "
This is going to happen all over this country.