Health Blog : Clinton's Exit Lessens Odds for Health Insurance Mandates
Health insurance mandates were a dead issue before Hillary quit the race so this really isn't news. Americans don't want to be required to buy health insurance. The polls were strongly against mandated coverage even before the recent bad news came out about Massachusetts' looming problem with its health insurance mandate program. Even though mandating health insurance - the same as we do for auto insurance - would clearly be a way to solve the uninsured problem, it does not address the core economic issues of our health care system. This is bad news for the growing number of universal health insurance plans like those new entrants at MedSave.com. These policies are very popular in Massachusetts, but fewer people in other states will buy these policies if they are not not required to have coverage.
So back to the original question: how do we provide health care for all if not all of us voluntarily carry insurance? We simply provide different levels of health care for different people, depending on their financial resources including insurance. Sort of like capitalism. Imagine that!
There seems to be a growing number of people who think the government should give them health coverage, at little or no cost. The real danger is that this attitude allows people to ignore the need to take responsibility for their own health coverage. But in a sense, these people are right. We don't allow anyone to bleed to death on the curb outside of a hospital simply because they chose to ignore purchasing health insurance. Basic care will be provided to all, same as always.
If any of this sounds familiar, this is the same discussion we had during Bill's first term in office. Hillary will have to wait until 2012 to write a different script.