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"I Don't Want to Pay for Somebody Else's Health Care"

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One of the criticisms of the health care bills passed by the House and Senate is that people who already have health insurance may have to pay for coverage provided to the uninsured. "I don't want to pay for somebody else's health care" is a common complaint.

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This complaint resonated with some Massachusetts voters in the weeks before Tuesday's special election. Massachusetts already has a state-mandated health insurance program (Health Connector) and those voters saw themselves having to pay for the uninsured in their own and in other states.

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The "I don't want to pay for somebody else's health care" mantra tells me these people do not understand much about the bills approved in Congress.

They also do not understand much about insurance.

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Rick Wise is an industrial psychologist and retired management consultant. For 15 years, he was managing director of ValueNet International, Inc. Before starting ValueNet, Rick was director, corporate training and, later, director, corporate (more...)

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