Should Americans be required to purchase health insurance?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Should Americans be required to purchase health insurance?
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Thu, 03-29-2012 - 3:03pm

Interesting debate topic. I see good points from both sides. What are your thoughts on the topic? Our iVoices have put up some videos with their views.

Healthcare Reform: Are You For or Against It?

One of the most controversial issues in healthcare reform is the mandate to buy health insurance. Should Americans be required to purchase healthcare? And is the government responsible for making that decision? iVoices Beth Engelman and Stephanie Stearns Dulli weigh in with their opposing views.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
I had heard something similar to this on a news program, That FORCING everybody to buy healthcare is a violation of the constitution too? I don't know but this takes me back to my original thoughts about the Obamacare, There already are plans in place for the uninsured or underinsured, I think the costs for this new plan will outweigh its benefits... And where do people who can't afford to buy plans now come up with the money to buy into an Obamacare? Oye.

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005

What is the difference between health insurance & auto/home insurance? In most of the states they require you to have auto insurance, if they can mandate then they can mandate you have to have health insurance.

Both my dh & I were born with heart defects {dh has a artificial heart valve & I have WPW} his was found at age 12 & mine at 42. It's not like we did something like taking drugs that damaged our hearts it's the way we both were born. I have a auto immune disorder & am on alot of medication for it, again nothing that I did, but it could be genetics or environment. We both need our health insurance.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 03-29-1999
"There already are plans in place for the uninsured or underinsured, "

What plans are those?

"And where do people who can't afford to buy plans now come up with the money to buy into an Obamacare? Oye:"

So everyone who is not currently insured now should just take their chances and rely on medicaid if something happens? Instead of providing subsidized plans that they can afford so that they are paying into the system while they are healthy and not using the insurance, they should pay nothing until they need it? That makes no sense. That is not how insurance works.

Everyone needs healthcare. Finding a way for it to be affordable to everyone is the only moral way to go. Allowing people to only pay into an insurance system only when they actually need it is ludicrous. Having well people as well as sick people pay into the system is the only fiscally responsible way to handle it.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2011

No, Americans should not be forced to buy health insurance.

But everyone should be covered, period.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009

I don't think the question is should the government require us to purchase health insurance, it's can they.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006

"No, Americans should not be forced to buy health insurance.

But everyone should be covered, period."

Yep.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
But if you don't drive and you don't own a home you don't need the insurance, Renters insurance is optional, I think... While I do not think mandatory healthcare is like home/auto insurance I do think they are alike in getting to pick and chose policies. A universal public program would limit choices.

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001

I'm not saying people should wait to get sick, Are you?

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
The Supreme Court starts discussing this today, Is it June a final call is made? Oh, to be a fly on the wall, Lol.

 


 


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Registered: 05-03-2011
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This is simply not true, speaking from personal experience.

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