“The rest of them can go to the ER and Wait 10 hours.I DONT CARE!!”
Problem is, if the indigent use the ER as their Primary Care Physician, the rest of us DO PAY!!
I’d rather subsidize 75% of someone’s premiums and co-pays, which leaves them with at least some skin in the game, than subsidize 100% of their care, and have it be a complete freebie they use without a thought for the cost.
“I thought they were on Medicaid?”
If you mean the *very* poorest, yes, most are eligible.
But especially in states which are not accepting Medicaid expansion, *lots* of people who are working jobs which leave them barely living from paycheck to paycheck make too much for Medicaid, but too little for Obamacare (ACA).
IMO, this is a *really* dangerous situation politically: these are the sorts of voters who elect left-wing populist demagogues in places like Venezuela.
Governments which *really* screw the middle classes to “buy” the votes of the desperate poor with handout programs and government “jobs”, often accompanied by very high levels of corruption and nepotism.
And IMO it “could happen here” if the people working one-and-half low-paying jobs to ends meet have to wait 10 hours in the ER to deal with their son or daughters strep throat.
And that’s especially true if they become convinced that *both* the Democrat and Republican parties “DON’T CARE” that they are risking their job by taking time off while waiting in the ER with a miserable child.