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    GRLionsFan, Shrew in Shrewsbury

    at it usually passes long before 26.  I spent year 26 without health care for the first time in my life and it was terrifying.  I got sick one time - strep - and it cost me $75.  $75 to go to the campus health center and have a nurse give me a shot and hand me a prescription.  For context, my rent on a 3/2 house was $425 and I got paid $7.50 an hour.  Getting sick cost me 10 hours of labor.  

    Here is how I think this will play out - most kids who can stay on their parents plans until they are 26 will.  Once they have to get their own they will either have jobs that provide it or will buy through an exchange.  Some will not.  They will be in two categories:

    Too poor
    Too far right

    The poor category is easy.  The other one will be the children of the tea baggers.  The birther Obama haters who will refuse to be told they have to buy anything.  With moral righteousness they will proudly declare they are young and invincible.   And then they will get sick.  

    Within a few years not having insurance is going to cost a lot more than it does now.  Because so many more people will be covered health care providers are going to figure out that the only people who dont have coverage are the poor and the stupid.  They will jack up costs of both.  For the poor they will charge a lot and write it off as a loss.  Heck they will even proclaim that loss a civic duty.  From the stupid they will extract huge profits.  They will squeeze them and publicly proclaim they are protecting the public from free riders.  Insurance companies will make examples of people with the means and opportunity to buy coverage who didn't.  

    Not having health insurance is usually self correcting.  Getting sick even one time without it convinces most people they never want to be without it again.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:12:37 AM PDT

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