If conservatives finally are able to engineer a Supreme Court that will overturn the Affordable Care Act, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that more than 21,000,000 Americans will lose their health insurance.(1)
RWJ Foundation is a medical research non-partisan and non-profit, founded by the Johnson family of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical.
This will take us back into the bad old days of those without insurance relying on emergency room care (higher cost) and the cost of that care hitting consumers through higher local taxes. Basically, if you can’t afford insurance, which for the average US family of four exceeds $2,000 per month, you probably can’t pay the emergency room bill either. So the hospital eats the cost or taxpayers do.
Of course, the far right and libertarian position is that if you can’t afford health care, it is only correct and proper for you to die. For people who share that position, if something cannot be bought or sold, it has no value. Ending slavery ended the value of human life. As Friedman wrote, there is no place for concepts of fairness in capitalism.
That’s not a position that any religion takes. In fact, David, Jesus and Muhammad would have arms linked leading the protesters. Nor do most of us want to think that money alone defines value, or that only things with price tags have value.
It’s this vision of pitting the rich against the poor that writers on economics in the late 1800s thought would cause capitalism to collapse into civil war. Maybe they were right after all.