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Paul Starr Health Care proposal

2011-02-03 23:14:15.328164+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

NY Times: Paul Starr: A Health Insurance Mandate With a Choice:

There is another way, however, to accomplish the same purpose: let individuals opt out of the new insurance system, without a penalty, by signing a form on their tax return acknowledging that they would then be ineligible for federal health insurance subsidies for a fixed period — say, five years.

I think you'd also have to tune a few other parts of it, a little more notion about pre-existing conditions, maybe have a 1 or 2 year period for new sign-ups for health insurance during or after that period, but that seems like a compromise that could help us move towards a health insurance system that takes care of the huge gaping issue we have with preventive medicine right now that gets around the primary complaints of those against compulsory insurance.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-02-05 10:48:30.344778+00 by: andylyke

Would they also sign a waiver saying that if they didn't prepay at the ER they wouldn't be treated? Choice has to have consequences. In the current state of health insurance, the fallback is to offload the cost onto paying or insured others when a need arises.