From the Irony Department (Individual Mandate Edition)
Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challengingPresident Obama‘s healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.
Brown "doesn’t have insurance. She doesn’t want to pay for it. And she doesn’t want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation’s case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.
But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills.
This is, of course, illustrates the problem of the uninsured population: care is provided but if the patient has no insurance, the costs are borne by the society in one way or another. It also underscores that the choice to purchase is an action in and of itself that has consequences.
h/t: Mark Kleiman.