- Posted October 13, 2012 by
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Questions for Candy Crowley
Putting the insurance mandate in Romney's own words.
You recently said that the uninsured will not die in their apartment, that they can go to the ER to get care, and that the cost will be borne by the hospital, charities or the government.
Citizens can freely choose to not purchase insurance and pay the tax penalty, but the penalty would reimburse the Treasury for some of the uninsured patients' cost.
In this context, couldn't we categorize the health insurance mandate as a "user tax" and not as one imposed on all of us?
Also, the government requires health care be delivered to those that cannot pay (federal law, EMTALA, 1986).
Do you feel it is reasonable for the government to mandate the health care industry bear the burden of uninsured care? Could the mandate be considered as a congressional reparation for this by effectively requiring health care consumers share in the cost?