The Supreme Court will rule on the future of health care in this country and what will the ruling be? If you have been listening to Hannity, Limbaugh or any other of the so-called protectors of our Constitution, they believe the mandate will be shot down. They do seem rather happy, better yet elated at the potential ruling. If any of Obama care remains, without everyone participating, there is no chance the nation will get control of the costs.
“Charity care” or uncompensated care is one of the biggest expenses that the insured has endured. The other, the locked in costs on Medicare, that doctors agree to accept. If we are to ever get control of health care costs in the private insurance industry these two issues will need to be addressed. Billions of dollars are spent each and every year covering people who do not have insurance. What alternative do we have? Stop the free coverage, end charity care. As for medicare, throw it into the free market system, with no caps or subsidies from the government. With no more caps, our seniors will be paying more money for what they receive today.
This idea, though not stated by the Republican Party in this fashion, is what they want. The Republicans are just using different language, such as “entitlements are unsustainable” and “the Obama mandate is an attack on your liberties”. If the GOP were to say, charity care must end or Seniors need to pay their fair share and stop free loading, maybe the public would have a different view on the mandate.
So while we wait for the Supreme Court to decide the future of Obama care, we need to think about what our future holds. Ruling against the mandate or all of Obama care leaves us with, the same problem. Too many uninsured people with more and more soon to be joining the ranks. What will the GOP do if they win, besides gloat?