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Should the uninsured be required to purchase health insurance? President Obama managed to pass his healthcare reform bill, which, by 2014, will require the uninsured to purchase insurance (with the...

Should the uninsured be required to purchase health insurance?

President Obama managed to pass his healthcare reform bill, which, by 2014, will require the uninsured to purchase insurance (with the help of subsidies available to those in lower income brackets) or be fined. The Supreme Court just upheld this bill, after vehement challenges from Republican opposition who charged that the government is over-stepping its bounds by requiring people to buy insurance.

Currently, people without insurance frequently use emergency rooms for all kinds of care, both urgent and mundane. These cases put a great strain on the system, especially when many of the patients cannot pay for their care at all. Should the uninsured be required to purchase insurance?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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To counter the last two posts, one of my best friends in college had dual American/ Canadian citizenship.  His father was a doctor and they moved to America when he was in high school because his father was fed up with the bureaucracy of the Canadian health care system.  The final insult to them was that fact that his brother had torn his ACL and was going to have to wait almost eighteen months to have a surgery to repair the torn ligament. 

He was a high school athlete as a sophomore, and waiting that long would have ended his athletic career and made a full recovery almost impossible.  Since he was young and that was not a life threatening condition, he was put at the "back of the line" for health care.  While not life threatening, it was certainly life altering.  I am certainly not an expert on the Canadian system, but listening to the stories of my friend and his father make me highly skeptical of adopting their model.

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I agree with litteacher that the best option in health care...

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