Of that 44 million, how many are truly cases where they have a legitimate case that we, the public, should be supporting them.
Fromt he things I've heard, not many at all.
And as a reminder, that 44 million starts after the existing 80-100 million ALREADY covered in some form by the State.
Add all of the above up and any logical conclusion must include the idea that change was necessary.
Agree to disagree. The problem is with the individuals, not the system. Irresponsible people who prioritize other things ahead of insurance, then complain when they get sick and can't pay. Thats not systemic, that a bad decision, one they should suffer the consequences of fiscally.
The answer, as I see it, is not fullscale Nationalization (as many prefer) or this worst-of-all-world mandate-private-profitmaker system of Obamacare.
The answer is to hold people accountable. If you could afford insurance, and the vast majority can in fact if it was a priority and they sacrificed other comforts, but choose not to get it, thats on them. I (the taxpayer) owe them nothing but disdain.
As I see it, this current step is simply the next step on the way to Ken's favored system, full National Single-Payor State Healthcare. There will always be some sob story, some bleeding heart cause for why the NEXT few millions NEED us to help them, right up until 99% is covered, then and only then will some say "screw whats left".
I just wish there was more honesty about that desire. I can understand supporters of a 100% State System, even if I disagree. What I will never agree with is using bleeding heart sob stories about X, Y or Z, using VERY partial info about that person/family, misrepresenting whats happened and why, to make out that someone who made a household income of $60,000 with two fulltime workers, somehow couldn;t afford health insurance whilst driving a new SUV and living ina five-bedroom house in the burbs.
The truly poor. The disabled. Soldiers. Them I will support supporting, healthcase wise, forever. Obviosuly I am not a hardcore, not against a real system of support for the needy. The not-so-needy looking to milk the system with aligator tear tales of "need" which is really their own bad decision making......not so much.
And your 44 million is more than than truly needy people in need.