The New York Times sez:
President Obama said that he was receptive to Congressional proposals to require every American to have health insurance and would make employers offer it, but he said there should be exemptions for people who cannot afford coverage and for small businesses.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but… isn’t that just answering the “I don’t have health insurance” problem with a cheeky “Well, go get some?”
This is like requiring people to have food and forcing them to have a home. Except, of course, for those who cannot afford it.
Brilliant! All we need is a sticky note that says “get health insurance today or else!”
This will solve everything.
And it’s not punitive, oh no. If you can’t afford coverage… or work for a small business… then, well, no one will force you to have any of that pesky health coverage.
In other words, just like right now.
Oh, and I suppose it just never occurred to Congress that requiring employers to offer health coverage is pretty ineffectual when it comes to the people who need it most: those who don’t have an employer.