Originally Posted by Literature
The government already provides for their care.
The government doesn't provide their care. The hospital provides a service that must be paid for. 30% of their customers pay with an IOU from the government to pay for goods and services rendered. Fewer and fewer health care providers are accepting medicaid/medicare because the government more and more has been stiffing them on the bill.
As a result more and more hospitals are closing, thus creating fewer and fewer options for an ever expanding pool of customers.
It would be like if the government told everybody that gasoline was free--- just pull up to the gas station pump and instead of handing the clerk a credit card or check, hand them your government voucher and tell the clerk that they will be getting paid sometime in the future. Maybe a week, maybe a month, who knows? Oh yeah, and it might be for less than the amount you charged, but it's for the greater good.
Do you think anyone would own a gas station?
You would have your "free" gas but no one to provide it.
That's what feces has done to the healthcare industry.