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Advocates of government-run health care constantly insinuate that “the uninsured” are unable to get health coverage. This canard, as I have pointed out before, is refuted by the facts. More contradictory evidence can be found in the Dallas Morning News, which discusses the large number of uninsured college students:
An estimated 36 percent of those attending Texas public colleges are uninsured and 23 percent of those attending private colleges are, according to surveys by the Texas Department of Insurance. The reason? They just don’t buy it.
And this is not, as the single-payer evangelists would have it, because it costs too much. Indeed, health insurance for young adults is pretty cheap:
Many young people forgo coverage despite that it probably will never again in their lives be more affordable … United Healthcare’s Golden Rule Short Term Medical plan offers a $1,000-deductible short-term policy … for $48 a month.
Nonetheless, many students exercise their autonomy as individuals in the free market by saying ”no.” Why? Because they expect to be in good health:
There’s that invincible attitude of the young, who don’t think about insurance until they need it.
But what if they’re wrong? Well, the article begins with the story of a young woman whose experience proves that high quality care is available for the uninsured. Having been involved in a serious accident, she spent eight days in the ICU, receiving precisely the same medical care that an insured patient would have received.
Sometimes people just don’t get health coverage. That’s not an especially smart choice, but it is their decision. To use this as a pretext to impose government-run health care on the country is dishonest and … well … dumb.