Last night, during a segment about health care and the Obamacare individual mandate, a caller to a local radio station talk show asked:
Let’s say the Supreme Court strikes down the mandate as unconstitutional. Don’t we still have the cost of all those uninsured who get health care? What are we going to do about that?
Here’s how I wish the radio hosts would have responded:
Do you think we would have as many uninsured if we stopped paying for their health care? I don’t. I think most would figure something out really quick.
Is that harsher than a $2,000 fine for not buying insurance?
At the very least, if you think we need some form of government health care assistance for folks who can’t afford insurance, why not use a model like food stamps?
Congress didn’t pass a law fining folks who don’t buy food. I imagine most folks would laugh if they tried. Rather, we provide resources for qualified individuals to buy food from the private food market. Pretty simple.
Singapore uses a similar model for health care and it seems to work.