You hit it on the nose. In an advanced, civilized society, healthcare should be an entitlement and everyone should get the same care. It shouldn't matter how much money you have to pay for insurance.
Amen to marcski's comment.
The rich will always get what they want and for them there will still be boutique medicine. It will be interesting to see how much will be saved on Mr. Average's premium, when Mr. Formerly Uninsured's unpaid costs are not added into Mr. Average's premium.
"More to the point for winter resorts, employers who have more than 50 employees and don't offer insurance could also face a penalty. NSAA and other organizations have been working with government regulators to establish rules regarding how the law will treat workers who are on the job for less than 120 days a year and the companies that employ them. We will report further on this as the details of the law, and the Supreme Court ruling, become more clear."
BREAKING NEWS NEWS ARCHIVE
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH REFORM LAW
June 28, 2012
SAM Magazine—Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012—The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to uphold the health care reforms passed in 2010, commonly known as Obamacare, saying the law was justified under the taxing power of the Federal government. The ruling leaves the law almost entirely intact, and means that companies will have to continue preparing for implementation.
Chief Justice Roberts joined Justices Breyer, Ginzberg, Sotomayor, and Kagan in upholding the law. Justice Kennedy, often the court’s swing vote, sided with the minority, who believed “the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.”
The debate over health care is certain to continue, as Republicans have vowed to continue efforts to overturn or repeal it. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said he will repeal it if elected.
Passed in 2010, the health care law aims to expand health care coverage to nearly all Americans. It provides subsidies to poorer and middle-class households as well as to some businesses for insuring their workers. However, the Supreme Court ruling appears to limit the Federal government’s ability to require states to expand Medicaid coverage for poor and nearly poor households or pay a penalty, as the law had called for.
While some of the more popular elements of the law are already in effect, the individual mandate for buying insurance and many other key elements don’t go into effect until 2014. At that time, states are required to have established “health insurance exchanges,” and individuals will have to buy insurance—for many, with the government subsizing a portion of the cost—or pay a penalty of one percent of their income.
More to the point for winter resorts, employers who have more than 50 employees and don't offer insurance could also face a penalty. NSAA and other organizations have been working with government regulators to establish rules regarding how the law will treat workers who are on the job for less than 120 days a year and the companies that employ them. We will report further on this as the details of the law, and the Supreme Court ruling, become more clear.
The TV news media and CNN.com is absolutely worthless for information. I found if you google Obamacare it produces lots of political and news media mis-information. I don not want to get into the politics here. I finally googled "Affordable Health Care" and got to these links. I found it useful to click on Timeline What's Changing and When.
For the record as a volunteer firemen and EMT, I am personally tired of doing CPR on all ages from 5 year olds on up that would have lived if they went to the hospital earlier. In many cases they did not go to the hospital earlier because of MONEY. When a small child under 10 years old dies in you arms it just rips your heart out.
My niece is a ICU Nurse. She tells me that many patients she sees in her ICU would have never been there if they got to the hospital earlier.