August recess is officially over. The Senate and House representatives have returned to Washington battling out reform for health care. I watched C-SPAN2 for a little while today and heard discussions from Democratic and Republican Senators for and against health care reform. John McCain pointed out an article in the newspaper that a new proposal is emerging that would require individuals to purchase health care or be fined up to $3,800! Are you kidding me?!
From Yahoo! News: "Just as auto coverage is now mandatory in nearly all states, Baucus would require that all Americans get health insurance once the system is overhauled to make premiums more stable and affordable. Penalties for failing to do so would start at $750 a year for individuals and $1,500 for families. Households making more than three times the federal poverty level — about $66,000 for a family of four — would face the maximum fines. For families, it would be $3,800, and for individuals, $950."
Auto insurance and health insurance and two completely different types of coverage and can't believe they're are even comparing the two. Auto coverage is more for liability events where health insurance is for your personal care. There are millions of Americans who can afford health insurance, but choose not to have it and suddenly they're going to be fined because they don't have it?! ABSURD! Nobody, especially the government should force or require anyone to have health insurance.
Then there's the other side too - what about the individuals who don't have health insurance because they can't afford it? Suddenly they are also fined. How does the government expect them to pay a fine for not having health insurance when they can't afford health insurance in the first place? Obviously this hasn't been thought through and another way that our government is trying to screw us over and shove government run health care down our throats.