“The health insurance debate in America is riddled with inaccuracies, fallacies, and sometimes just plain lies. Without information and education, the citizens of the United States remain vulnerable to the soft, easy draw of more government sponsored
health insurance rather than free market reforms that would lower costs and prevent government-imposed rationing of health care. The
46 million uninsured statistic is inaccurate. A more reasonable number on which to focus policy reforms is around 16 million. Counting non- Americans, those who can afford but choose to opt out of insurance, and those eligible for government health insurance but do not opt in generates a flawed number of uninsured Americans. Understanding how many Americans are uninsured and why is critical to formulating successful health care policy.” Freedom Works Foundation
As we can see above that a large number of the uninsured are those who are ages 18-24. Many of those citizens are have the money or ability to get there own health care coverage or to opt for the government health care the we have already in America. They choose not to because they don’t think they need it or because they want to spend that money on something else and figure that they won’t get sick. It is important to look at the age differences in those who are uninsured, and do decide why they are uninsured.
“The Umpire Is Also the First Baseman: The main argument for a “public option” is that it would increase competition. However, if the federal government creates a health care plan that it controls and also sets the rules for the private plans, there is little doubt that Washington would put its private sector “competitors” out of business sooner or later.” The Heritage Foundation
This is quote is very accurate, on page 167 of HR 3200 it states:
‘‘Subpart A—Tax on Individuals Without Acceptable Health Care Coverage
Sec. 59B. Tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage.
18 ‘‘SEC. 59B. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE
19 HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.
20 ‘‘(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual
21 who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at
22 any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed
23 a tax equal to 2.5 percent of [the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income].”
This states that if someone doesn’t have “suitable”, by the government’s standard, health care they will have an extra 2.5% tax placed on them for choosing a different health care than one that the government likes.
I hope that you find this information enlightening.