Originally Posted by Itshim
Being told what to do . Both the people & the insurers. In a lot of cases neither want it. Clearly not all . Insurers have to take "sick" people - poor people have to pay instead of using "free " hospitals . People paying, see premiums raising to cover extra costs
Insurers should have to ensure sick people, it's out of order that someone with pre-existing conditions will have to make a choice between being in massive debt or not getting treatment. Meanwhile young people were often uninsurared because of college and they were no longer allowed to be on their parent's policy so if they got a condition in their late teens or early twenties they could find themselves without medical care for life.
Poor people only have to pay if they can afford it and more of them will suddenly find they have access to more and better healthcare as a result of these changes. The mandate only ensures that people who can afford it pay and therefore don't wait until they are sick before getting insurance. Premiums should go down as a result of these changes as more people are contributing to the pot, and a whole lot of other changes (such as allowing more generic drugs to be made so the cost of them goes down).