Opponents of Obamacare look more and more foolish every day. They stumble and bumble their way through arguments that are totally nonsensical.
One fellow engaged in a lengthy exchange of notes on Facebook the other day, arguing that families should pay their own medical expenses out of pocket or with private insurance. It is not fair, he insisted, that Obamacare depends on healthy people footing the bill for people who actually needed medical care.
Hmm, he advocated families using insurance but opposed Obamacare because it depends on the support of healthy people. Obviously, the fellow’s vision is marred by two huge blind spots.
One, he is healthy now because he is young. There will come a day when he is no longer young and the chances are very good that his expenses will be grossly beyond what he can now imagine.
Two, more importantly, it is clear he hasn’t a clue what insurance is. Insurance companies run a legitimate business collecting money from healthy people in order to make a profit and pay the medical bills of those who are not healthy.
It is obvious, so obvious that no honest person can miss it, that the most fair insurance plan is the one with the largest pool of healthy people to spread the cost. And that in my book is the only argument needed to demonstrate the need for national health insurance. Anything less is unfair.
Two facets of the current situation do need to be corrected. One, insurance companies are making unimaginably huge profits and are thus major contributors to the ridiculous costs of health care in America. Two, pharmaceutical companies are also making huge, absurd profits.
The Republicans must stop coddling the wealthy or we’ll never fight our way out of the mess called health care in America.