The newly elected Republican members of Congress want to dismantle President Obama's health care reform. They claim that the people of this country do not want to be told they must have health insurance.
Let me pose a scenario. Pretend you, your spouse and your child do not have health coverage. Your spouse or child gets a gunshot wound to the head similar to the one that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received. This family member is rushed to the hospital. It will be a county hospital that takes people who are indigent. But who pays for the extensive treatment that will be needed? You cannot afford to pay.
What ends up happening is that the hospital passes the costs down to those who have insurance. They increase the costs of services as the hospital needs the money. The insurance companies raise their rates. Those with insurance pay more money for the same care.
Now, I am the person in this scenario who has insurance. I budget every month to pay for my premium. My rates go up to help the hospital cover your fees. It is trickle down economics. Eventually, though, I will reach a point where my insurance will get too expensive for me.
So what is wrong with everyone having to have basic health insurance? We all want the best for our loved ones. We deserve the best.