Obama's health care In Obama's health care bill, is it a good idea to force everyone to have health insurance? why or why not?

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Everyone has to have car insurance. This is an extension of that concept. Sick people cost us a lot of money because illness untreated tends to get worse. Sick people also spread disease. People without health insurance clog our emergency rooms for routine health needs, making it harder for real...

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Everyone has to have car insurance. This is an extension of that concept. Sick people cost us a lot of money because illness untreated tends to get worse. Sick people also spread disease. People without health insurance clog our emergency rooms for routine health needs, making it harder for real emergencies to get treated. So I guess you could say that a lack of universal health care is deadly, not just for those without insurance.
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how will the health care affect the economy?

I think the bill is too big and complex to know yet.  If it could reduce health care costs it would do a lot to make American companies more competitive, I think.  But I'm not convinced that the bill (what I know of it) will be able to bring costs down.

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I do not know if it is constitutional, but I think it is a good idea.  We force everyone to have auto insurance, why not health insurance/

If people do not have health insurance, they often end up costing us all money.  This is because they don't get treated for small things.  Instead, they wait until they are really sick and end up in emergency rooms.

I think that requiring everyone to have insurance will help everyone and so it is sensible to do it.

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