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No Vaccine? No Subsidized Hospital Care.

Jeff Hall

Posted on September 24, 2021 18:47

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What if we told the non-vaccinated who get COVID they can't get hospital treatment unless they pay the hospital bill in full -- in advance?

There is a lot of craziness in the air these days.  Some think not getting vaccinated is a personal choice, an expression of personal freedom. 

But these same people keep our hospitals in a state of overwhelm. Healthcare in America is costly.  Even if insurance covers the cost of this unnecessary treatment (if you are vaccinated, you are far less likely to end up in a hospital), insurance rates will go up for the rest of us to cover the costs (which can run over $1 million per patient).

And if the government pays for much of our healthcare via Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare and other government-run healthcare programs, taxes will eventually have to be raised to cover the cost of all these COVID-19 cases. That or our deficit will increase.

Why is it fair that the vaccinated should subsidize the cost of the non-vaccinated who end up in the hospital?

Another way to go would be for health insurance providers to bump the cost of health insurance for those who don't want to get vaccinated.  Many health insurance companies charge more if you smoke.  If you are willfully engaging in dangerous activities, shouldn't you, the individual, be ultimately responsible?

Years ago, in California, there was a big debate about helmet laws for motorcycle riders. We have the Hells Angels here, and many argued the state would never be able to force these folks to wear helmets.  The riders' aggressive demands for personal freedom would prevail, it was widely believed.

But a winning argument in favor of the proposed helmet law was that many motorcycle riders got into crashes that resulted in severe brain injuries. Many of these people ended up in hospitals -- permanently, and at state expense.

Why should others pay the bill, the argument went, when simply wearing a helmet would vastly reduce the number of costly injuries? Today we have a helmet law and members of the Hells Angels and other groups wear helmets (often very creative helmets).

The state requires us to wear seat belts. The state requires us to have car insurance. Why is there such opposition to getting vaccinated against COVID when the evidence is so clear the vaccines are effective?

It's not only the individual's life that can be saved -- getting vaccinated reduces the chances that others around us will become infected.

So if someone insists he or she has a right to not get vaccinated in the name of personal freedom, I say fine. Then the rest of us should insist that same person pay the consequences of his or her actions -- in health outcomes (including possibly, death), by paying the bills or in the form of increased insurance rates.

This proposal probably sounds harsh. But the inmates are running the asylum.

If we can ask Hells Angels to wear helmets, surely we can ask students, teachers and other workers to wear a cloth mask.

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on September 24, 2021 18:47

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