Understanding the ACA Arguments

Steven Jamar stevenjamar at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 14:28:52 PDT 2012

state level no-fault car insurance
state level mandatory car insurance
unemployment comp
workers comp.

all distinguishable, but all parallel.

On Mar 21, 2012, at 5:13 PM, Richard Dougherty wrote:

> I think that Frank has hit the nail on the head here.  What we have is a situation where the government has decided that it would be wrong to not treat someone who showed up for medical treatment.  The consequence of that decision is that it can then turn around and compel everyone to participate in funding the system.  Are there any parallels to this? (not a rhetorical question.)
> Richard Dougherty
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM, Frank Cross <crossf at mail.utexas.edu> wrote:
> Actually, Rick, to take care of the free rider problem you would have to declare that someone without health insurance will not receive medical care.  Which is a plausible position but clearly one our society is unwilling to adopt.
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