SHOULD U.S. citizens be fined if they do not purchase health insurance?

  • by jeff
  • Mar 01,2017
  • 15 answers

SHOULD U.S. citizens be fined if they do not purchase health insurance?


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Linda R 6 months ago

NO. Before the Affordable Care Act............millions of people had NO health insurance and were NEVER fined.

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Love big words 6 months ago

Remember, it is a tax.

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car253 6 months ago

It is no good if you can not afford it.

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Wayne 6 months ago

No, they should wait until there health meter runs out and then grab a 1-up!

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tro 6 months ago

unfortunately that is the law, you don't have a choice

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thegreatone 6 months ago

No.
The whole point of the person not having health insurance is that he does not have the money for the insurance. If he already had the money for the insurance, he would not have needed the government requiring him to get health insurance. He would have had it all along, by his own accord. The whole reason he does not have health insurance is because of the fact that he does not have the money for the insurance. Only for the government to tell him to give the government 700 dollars for not having insurance? Now, not only will he never get insurance, he will forever be in debt to the government. And then, the feds will track him down and fine him for not paying the fine, and also jail him for not paying the fine. So, the government criminalized us just because we happened to have been born in America, and the government made us permanently in debt to the government just because we happened to have been born in America. The government, itself, is a racket. Besides. What will they force us to buy next? Will they fine us for not having a job? Will they fine us for not having a house? Will they fine us for not having a spouse? Will they fine us for not having a child? Will they fine us for not having a car? Will they fine us for not having pen and paper? Where does it end? Or, does it end? They should never fine us for not possessing something.

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Amy 6 months ago

Absolutely. Those freeloaders still use health care, often in the form of emergency rooms because they didn't get the much cheaper preventative care. Right now that money comes from taxpayers and from everyone else's insurance premiums.
Alternatively, we could refuse care to people who can afford insurance but choose not to have it.

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Casey Y 6 months ago

As long as hospitals and doctors can deny treatment to someone who cannot pay...

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Elaine M 6 months ago

What good does it do to fine someone with no income?
Many people make far less than $20,000 a year, how can they afford health insurance when they can barely pay for food and living expenses? There's still that in between range where they don't qualify for Medicaid but don't make enough for the next step up with the self coverage.

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Insurance Pickle.com 6 months ago

No...but they shouldn't be taxed on the money they use to pay for it. If a self-employed person pays $10,000 a year for their premiums, they get to deduct the $10,000 and not pay state and federal tax on that, but they'll still pay an additional ~$1500 in self-employment tax on the $10k they used to buy their own insurance. That's absurd.

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Leafsfan29-Embrace the dr 6 months ago

No.
It's far better to go to a universal coverage scheme that automatically covers everyone (anyone working that doesn't have private insurance is enrolled into a NHS-like program and all citizens/children are automatically covered).
In the end it's cheaper and will deliver better life expectancy.

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John 6 months ago

Absolutely not. It's a person life choice to decide if they want health insurance or not.

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Billy 6 months ago

Absolutely not and Trump has already put a stop to that obama Crap.

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slaponte 6 months ago

No. Any time the government sets such a requirement, the government should then provide the required item (in this case, Health Insurance) at a moderate controlled price. As it is now, the government is placing a fine on individuals who don't purchase a product from a commercial entity. It would be the same as saying "buy tennis shoes or you are fined"..

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Judith 6 months ago

Yes. Because those people who do not have health insurance still have health insurance needs - and it is the rest of us who end up paying for those costs in higher insurance rates. Even if healthy now, accidents and serious illnesses can happen to anyone at any age.
People without health insurance end up using expensive emergency rooms for non-emergency ailments. They end up stiffing doctors and hospitals.
Anyone who says people shouldn't be fined for not having health insurance are the very people who are abusive and cost the rest of us money.

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