The high cost of Obamacare
Consider that 25-year-old non-smoking male in California—let’s call him Brian. Brian is a freelance web developer committed to gaining enough experience and saving up enough money to one day start his own company.Every dollar Brian can save right now brings him one step closer to starting and growing his business. In a truly free market, Brian would be able to choose a health insurance policy that best aligns with this goal. He could, for example, buy a policy that’s priced to reflect the real risk that he’ll get sick—just as he buys car insurance priced according to his risk of meeting with an accident. Since Brian is young and healthy, his premiums would be relatively low (just as safer drivers pay lower premiums), allowing him to put more of his income toward his start-up. Brian knows that when he’s older and in a higher-risk category, health insurers may charge him higher premiums, but that’s a fact he’s willing to face.Even though Brian judges this to be the best way to manage his medical expenses, under the health law, it’s illegal for insurers to offer him a policy geared to his actual risk. Instead, per government mandate, a portion of the income he earns and intends to use to build his life is channeled into the pockets of others.As a result of this and the many other wealth redistribution provisions in the health law, Brian’s goals are impeded. Maybe it takes him much longer to start the business he’s always wanted. When he finally does, maybe his venture is stunted by a lack of cash to put back into the business. Or maybe Brian must scale back or give up entirely his life-long goal, because by the time he can finance the start-up, he has a family and decides he can’t afford to take such a big risk.Whatever the case, when Brian is sixty, he might get a few dollars from the younger generation (if they haven’t yet awakened to the injustice of the scheme, and if the whole system hasn’t already crashed). Meanwhile, Brian will have paid a high price, having been denied throughout the course of his life the right to decide how best to use his earnings.Is it any wonder that the health law’s redistribution schemes had to be forced on people, by law? Nobody would choose to spend their own money this way.