Monday, December 20, 2010

The (Evil) Individual Mandate: It's Expensive, too

Although it's not often mentioned, the individual mandate isn't just unconstitutional, but it's darned expensive, too:

"Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday sent around the Congressional Budget Office's June estimate for repealing the mandate. The bottom line, according to CBO: Doing so would bring in $202 billion from its 2014 start date to 2019"

But at what cost?

Well, according to the CBO, it "would also cause the number of uninsured people to increase by 16 million."

Not so fast there, fella: first, it presumes that these are folks that wouldn't buy insurance of their own volition. It certainly can't be because they're "uninsurable:" after 2014, there's no such animal. According to the Census Bureau, there are about 307 million (legal) Americans; 16 million represents about 1/2 of 1% of that total. $200,000,000,000 seems like a pretty big price tag for such a statistically insignificant-sized group.

Which is not to say that their individual needs are insignificant (least of all to themselves), but it's further proof that ObamaCare© is not, and never has been, about seriously cutting the cost of health care.
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