Obamacare ended up in the Supreme Court after a Florida woman named Mary Brown filed the original lawsuit. Mary Brown's name has now been dropped from the case. Why? Because she got sick while uninsured, couldn't pay her medical bills, and went bankrupt.
Her story has been revived by Obamacare's supporters to illustrate what happens when you're uninsured and can't pay the bills: your health care costs get passed on to everyone else. As Paul Begala wrote in an op-ed this weekend, "if you have health insurance, you have been paying $1017 a year more to cover folks who don't have health insurance."
Weigh in: was Mary Brown irresponsible to stay uninsured? Does her experience support the individual mandate?
Ironic indeed, but it should make a point about the ridiculous cost of healthcare as it is. Super inflated charges are a huge part of the problem, and insurance companies are not innocent either. There is no reason, for example, that a single catheter should cost +$600, as was the case at a West Tn hospital. That charge included only the catheter itself, not the hospital and nurses fees that got piled on top. Our healthcare system is abused, by doctors, nurses, and some patients. Mandatory Obama care isn't going to fix that, it may even make it worse