Republican Gov. Phil Scott very silently signed into law a bill that will include a penalty for those who don’t have insurance in Vermont. This mandate is scheduled to take effect in 2020, according to The Washington Times. Scott and the state’s largest private health insurance provider said that this mandate provides stability.
Days after this, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a similar law. Currently, a number of other states are considering this same mandate of an insurance requirement for its residents.
Who benefits most from this mandate?
Without a doubt, insurance companies will receive the most benefit from such a mandate. The only question is why state representatives are signing off on these types of requirements without the support, knowledge, or suggestion of the people that the law will affect the most?
Are we moving toward a government of dictatorship? When asked how they felt about such a move, residents stated that they did not want the federal government to dictate what they needed to buy. So this being the case, exactly what is going on here?
There are those who argue for the mandate
Over 52% of the people polled on Debate.org stated that they believe that the government should indeed mandate health insurance. The reasons that they provide include things like “it’s only fair because it helps those who can’t help themselves” or “it is necessary for the children that need medical attention, but their parents can’t afford it” and so on.
These arguments are primarily based on an emotional appeal and rarely fall in line with anything that assists in understanding how such a mandate will benefit the general population as a whole. It goes without saying that making health insurance a requirement will indeed assist the poor. The only problem is that one has to wonder exactly who will pay for the required health insurance when the poor can’t pay for it themselves. The money to cover this privilege has to come from somewhere.
There are those who are tired of taking care of the poor
Arguments against having a government required health insurance focus on middle-class individuals who are tired of paying higher taxes just to support those who can’t support themselves. If the government decided to make such requirements, then it would only be fair that they do so without penalizing a small sector of the population that is disappearing.
Funds are not being taken from a reserve within each state and used to cover such mandates, and the state is not given additional funds to ensure its residents are covered. Instead, the money comes from elevated taxes that middle-class individuals are forced to pay—all to ensure that those same funds are thrown into the deep pocket of the healthcare providers that lobbied to have such a law mandated in the first place. But someone will be left out in the cold with such a law. Will it be you?