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Health care deadbeats will pay something

One aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, that has caused much rancor is the provision that requires fines, aka the Mandate, for deadbeats, who can afford health insurance, but rather rely on charity and/or government to pay their medical bills. Under ACA, you will not be fined if you make less than $9,300 individually or $18,700 in family income. Rather than fines, if your income is at these levels or higher, on a prorated scale, you will be eligible for assistance in paying for health insurance.

The fact is that the new law will help thousands of South Dakotans get health insurance that they currently cannot afford while making sure that all those who can afford coverage will pay at least something. If you think these deadbeats are not currently costing you money, go down to the county courthouse and see how much of your tax money is budgeted under the category of “Indigent Healthcare.”

Finally, anyone who can afford health insurance but gambles not to and then steps up and steadfastly refuses to beg for charity care, even unto death, will gain my everlasting respect.

Lou Leahy, Spearfish

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