Mandatory Health Insurance in California
Do you live in California and don’t have insurance? Well, if one part of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan is put in place you’ll be tracked down by either the state or a contractor, signed up to a plan and then fined until you start paying for the insurance plan they signed you up with.
People who refuse to obtain health insurance could be tracked down by the state or a private contractor, enrolled in a plan and fined until they pay their premiums under one proposal Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration is considering as part of his vision for covering all Californians.
Can’t afford it? Too bad. Between jobs? Cry me a river. Of course it might not be that bad, the state might simply take the money from you paycheck before you get it.
Other proposals, which Schwarzenegger included in the first draft of his healthcare plan, are to attach the wages of people who don’t buy insurance and to increase the amount they owe in state income taxes.
The soft velvet over the hammer of the Nanny State isn’t all that soft now is it?
Seriously though if you are going to have universal health care this is nothing all that shocking in my view. After all, with hospitals legally required to treat people, health insurance for the healthy who have few assets insurance is a sucker’s game. Skip out on purchasing it and save the extra money, and if you do happen to need it just don’t pay. Sure, you’ll wreck your credit for awhile, but if you are young you can wait. So, force the healthy back into the market, force everybody to a pooling outcome so that the healthy can subsidize the unhealthy.
Peter Harbage, a senior program associate with the nonpartisan think tank the New America Foundation, said relatively few people would have to be forced to buy insurance. Schwarzenegger has cited the foundation’s research in helping to frame his plan.
“Most people are going to have insurance if the program is well designed and well constructed,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “And then you’re going to have some people who are bad actors, and that’s where you need some sort of tracking system.”
Absolutely right. If people are going to insist on letting the state dictate things to them, well then the state will simply have to crack down on these people. Fine them till it really hurts.