Quote from Aleah_RN
You seem to be unclear as to how a universal healthcare system works. People are not, as you wrote, "literally getting FREE healthcare." The individual mandate requires that everyone pays into the system so that health insurance companies, who traditionally avoid covering people who are actually ill, have a larger pool of people from whom they draw premiums.
Wrong. The individual mandate does not "require that everyone pays into the system".
The individual mandate is a requirement that all individuals who can afford health-care insurance purchase some minimally comprehensive policy. For the purposes of the law, "individuals who can afford health-care insurance" is defined as people for whom the minimum policy will not cost more than 8 percent of their monthly income, and who make more than the poverty line. So if coverage would cost more than 8 percent of your monthly income, or you're making very little, you're not on the hook to buy insurance (and, because of other provisions in the law, you're getting subsidies that make insurance virtually costless anyway).
(Note: this is sourced from an article that is generally supportive
So yes, the same people who are receiving literal free health care will STILL be receiving literal free healthcare under Obamacare, and in fact, this law encourages
even MORE of this behavior. It will increase healthcare costs, decrease accessibility and quality of service, and do little more than grow another permanent federal bureaucracy.
I am crystal clear in my understanding of how a socialized healthcare system works, and I want nothing to do with it.