As of writing this the government healthcare bill has passed the first round of voting. Still a long way to go from being law but it's crawling there.
As is my way, I'm not going to rehash all the same problems and issues of the proposed new massive government entitlement program. That's well documented on other sites.
But I will say this:
If someone (individual or family) is sooooooooooooo poor they can't afford any kind of health insurance coverage, even just major medical or accident insurance, and they live in daily fear that a mere illness or broken limb will send them to the streets when they have to pay for their own care then if they take the government plan – paid for by you and mean Joe Taxpayer American – then in my opinion this person or family must be required to live under certain rules.
If these people are just soooooooooo poor they need you and me to pay for their healthcare for the rest of their lives (and ours!) then I say these people need to have none of the following:
No cell phones for anyone under 18.
No ring tones other than whatever basic sounds come with the phone.
No iphone or blackberry or similar.
No streaming video, music or internet.
No cable or satellite television other than absolute basic programming.
No pay-per-view services.
No DVR service.No Xbox, wii, Game Boy or Play Station.
No big screen TV's; If they have one and it breaks get a small tube!
No new DVD, CD or stereo equipment.
No new computer unless it's needed for work or school.
No internet service unless it's needed for work or school.
No new car (buy or lease); get a used one.
No changes or modifications to existing autos except for needed repairs.
No vacations more than 3 days long and/or more than 50 miles from home.
No boat, RV, jet ski etc. ; If they already own such it must remain unregistered and unused or sold.
No eating out – ever! – even just to McDonalds.
No season tickets for anything.
No going to the movies.
No subscription based movie service such as Netflix.
No magazine subscriptions unless required for school or work.
No club or association memberships unless required for work or school.
No playing the lottery!
No buying beer, wine, or liquor of any kind for any reason.
No smoking (cigarettes, cigars etc).
No home improvements or remodeling other then needed repairs.
No new home appliances other then replacements of similar kind for broken devices.
No personal beauty or cosmetic services (hair dresser, finger nails, spa etc.)
And, to mix it up even more – They can not have any additional children! If a pregnancy occurs the child must be given up for adoption unless they can obtain health insurance coverage with in a short period of time after birth.
I think these rules are very fair and reasonable.
If a person or family is sooooooooo poor and healthcare is sooooooooo much a concern they must take public assistance then these are pointless and frivolous expenses they should be required to give up.
If you can afford the things on this list then you can afford to buy your own health insurance!