Don’t want health insurance? $3800 fine!
Fines up to $3800 will be imposed on people who don’t want to buy into the Democrats’ health care plan.
Americans who fail to sign up for a medical plan after health care overhaul takes effect could be hit with fines of up to $3,800, according to a new proposal circulated Tuesday by a senior Democrat.
The penalties would start at $750 a year for individuals, and $1,500 for families. Households making more than three times the federal poverty level – about $66,000 for a family of four – would face the maximum fines. For families, it would be $3,800, and for individuals, $950.
Meanwhile, Massachussetts has already been doing this:
Penalties for Massachusetts residents who can afford health insurance but do not purchase it in 2008 could quadruple compared with the maximum penalty in 2007, according to draft regulations released by the Department of Revenue yesterday.
The maximum penalty for those who flout the law and do not buy health insurance would be $912 a year, compared to $219 in 2007.
Massachusetts is an example of the failure of this kind of plan:
MASSACHUSETTS HAS been lauded for its healthcare reform, but the program is a failure. Created solely to achieve universal insurance coverage, the plan does not even begin to address the other essential components of a successful healthcare system.
… the costs of the reform for the state have been formidable. Spending for the Commonwealth Care subsidized program has doubled, from $630 million in 2007 to an estimated $1.3 billion for 2009, which is not sustainable.
Hawaii is another state that’s tried it. Here’s the promise …:
Just 16 years ago Hawaii was held up as a model for national universal health-care.
From the New York Times, May 1993: Hawaii’s model health care system:
Hawaii’s universal health-care system, which insures 96.5 percent of the state’s residents and costs less than health care in other states and Canada, could serve as a national model, health officials from Hawaii say in a new report.
… and the reality: A few years later, last October:Hospitals in Hawaii report $150 million in ’07 losses
HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii hospitals suffered operating losses of $150 million last year and expect the situation to worsen in the near future.
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Hawaii Medical Center, which operates two former St. Francis hospitals on Oahu, filed for bankruptcy this year and cut the number of beds it offers.
The state’s publicly subsidized hospital network, Hawaii Health Systems Corp., has had to request millions in emergency funding from the state to stay afloat.
If you’re going to start a national program of immense magnitude, reason and logic dictate that it would be a good idea to see how it works on a smaller scale. States are the ideal test-bed – they’re homogeneous, self-governing (at least, so far), and if one fails, the others can can mark the plan “REJECTED”.
So far, Massachusetts has tried the plan – and is failing. Hawaii: failing. Tennesee: failing.
Unlike Massachusetts’s more recent universal coverage law, the TennCare plan is most often cited by opponents. They say TennCare’s runaway costs show that the public health-insurance proposal by House Democrats could bankrupt the federal government.
Any reasonable person would stop and say, “OK, this kind of plan doesn’t work. Let’s not throw it at all 50 states at once.”