The Pankian Metaphor 3012
Are you under the impression that lack of health insurance forces people to remain healthy?
The Pankian Metaphor 3013
that included: If you can't get access to health care, there are no health care...
Mandating health insurance is no different than mandating auto insurance.
When someone is insured, they have a continuing relationship with a physician. The availability of records makes it easier - and cheaper - to care for a patient. A doctor's office is far cheaper to equip and staff than an emergency room, which routinely has to handle severe trauma. Someone who is insured will get treated while the problem is minor, rather than allowing it to progress to a serious problem.
And when it costs $1500 to treat someone in the emergency room instead of $50 in a doctor's office, the person who cannot afford health insurance finds himself unable to pay. The result is that everyone else pays higher rates for emergency room services in order to cover those losses.
When a business doesn't provide health care insurance for their employees, they are avoiding a smaller cost, and imposing a greater cost onto other local businesses.
Mandating health insurance isn't bogging down the local economy. It's making the local economy work better.