From the LA Times:
The lead plaintiff challenging the Affordable Car Act says she should not be forced to buy health insurance. She apparently doesn’t need health insurance because she doesn’t have any intention of paying for health care to begin with. Why pay for something you can get for free? Turns out, as part of a bankruptcy she filed along with her husband, she managed to avoid paying $4,500 in medical bills last fall, including $2,140 to Bay Medical Center in Panama City.
“This is a very common problem. We cover $30 million in charity and uncompensated care every year,” said Christa Hild, a spokeswoman for the hospital center. “If it’s a bad debt, we have to absorb it.”
So she bankrupts the medical bills, causing the hospital to absorb the bad debt, which the hospital most likely passes on to us in the form of higher prices. No wonder she doesn’t want anyone to make her pay for health insurance.
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