Shared from a friend:
If you’re saying “people without heath insurance can just go to the
ER!”, you’ve already conceded the argument. You’ve admitted that people
should have health care regardless of ability to pay. Now, you’re just
insisting on the least effective and most expensive way to pay for it.
To put it another way: you’ve agreed to help pay for
your buddy’s tractor repairs. But instead of chipping in for oil changes
and regular maintenance, you’re insisting he wait until the engine
seizes up and the transmission drops before you’ll give him a dime.
An addendum: To say nothing of the fact that certain long term or
chronic conditions (cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, to name just a few) can
only be ameliorated by preventative care – once it’s reached “emergency
room” levels, it may be too late, and long term damage is already done.