Discussion in 'US Health Care Reform' started by Ellen, Feb 1, 2011.
They are not protesting because they rightly understand that they do not have a problem.
The 2006 census says that there are 46 million uninsured.
14 million of them are eligible for medicaid/public aid but are choosing to sign up at a later time to avoid paying the small premiums that medicaid charges. They do not have a problem because if they need health care they can sign up on the spot.
27 million of the uninsured have very high incomes and they choose to pay for care out of pocket. If they do get sick they will have a pre-existing condition but they apparently are not worried about that either because they are foolish or they are rich enough to pay for even very expensive care. Or maybe they are employed in large companies so they figure if they get a pre-existing condition they can always get insurance after enrolling. Maybe they are just willing to risk their assets and declare bankruptcy if they ever get really sick knowing that then they would be eligible for medicaid.
Some of them are illegal aliens so they have universal health insurance in the country they come from if they just go home. But if they don't return to their country of origin they can still get treatment at any hospital in this country.
Many of them are moving from one job to another and they are only uninsured for the few months between jobs. They may be young and healthy and feel like nothing bad will ever happen to them. They take a risk that they will lose their assets paying for expensive care, but again, they will be treated in any hospital in this country. If they develop a pre-existing condition they take the risk that they would have to maintain assets less than $2000 to retain medicaid.
They know that being insured is not the same as having health care. They know that the purpose of insurance is to protect assets but the purpose of health care is to provide access to doctors etc. Since 100% of the population has access to health care they are not worried.
The people who should be protesting are the people who are on medicaid. They receive substandard care in a system that perpetuates their poverty rather than a system that assist them to move up the economic ladder where they would receive better health care.
There are some rare exceptions and we see them here on this board at times.
Check and mate.
What those guys said.
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