It is not socially irresponsible to not buy health insurance, but it is unconstitutional to mandate people to purchase it ("Senate defeats bill opposing Obama health care rule," April 7). I understand that medical costs are inflated due to uncompensated care; however, Massachusetts has proven that a health care mandate is not a successful way to reform health care.
Do we need reform? Yes, everyone agrees with that, but will costs go down with a health care mandate? I do not believe that based off of what I've read has happened in Massachusetts. Not to mention, who is going to pay for the expansion of Medicaid? Who is going to pay for the subsidies? (Not the people receiving them!) Who is going to pay for the people who abuse the medical/insurance system? We are! Not to mention a modest premium (even with subsidies) costs more to a working family than a higher earning family because it is a larger percentage of the working family's income going to yet another bill. Also, some people see a doctor so rarely, they prefer to pay and actually do pay privately.