Originally Posted by CoMoChief
Why should it be my (or anyone elses for that matter) responsiblility to pay for someone's elses healthcare?
Do you wanna pay for my groceries...because I need food to eat.
Can I send you the bill?
Because hospitals have an ethical (not to mention legal) duty to treat people, unlike the nonexistent ethical/legal duty for grocers to give out food. Because of that duty, society has said, "Look, we're not going to shortcut hospitals because of that. Let's spread the cost instead of having the provider eat it up. Otherwise, the provider might try to throw away that ethical duty."