As was pointed out, more people won't be using the resource: they`re already using it. HumanAction stated that in the US, hospitals can`t refuse you treatment for emergencies.
All that changes is how those people pay for it. Before, they weren`t paying for it (going bankrupt), so the hospitals foot the bill. Or the government foots the bill via welfare.
What WILL increase in demand, I grant you, are non-emergency treatments, as people will obtain them rather than go without as they were before.
BUT the increased cost of that is surely offset by the increased health, productivity, and tax-payments of the people who get the treatment. Previously, they were sicker, less productive, unable to work some or all of the time, etc etc.
Bottom line: healthier population = more productive population = wealthier population = happier population = BETTER.
I`m not a liberal: you can`t measure me by your culture`s political catagories, as I`m not part of your culture.
What your culture considers "liberal" is entirely different to mine. Likewise for "conservative".
For example: the Conservative party over here DEFENDS the NHS (universal healthcare). The standard little-c conservative over there would be an ultra hardcore right-winger here.
But...if you feel more capable of dismissing anything I have to say by slapping a label on me and writing me off as an uninformed "sheep", feel free. You`re in your 60s. I won`t have to deal with you in a decade or two. You`re pretty irrelevant to a lot of people`s future.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:38:06 PM
>>>but the tax burden will go down by exactly the same amount. <<<
How can you say that with a straight face.
More people using the finite resource. (I do not see a huge influx of doctors, or a long list of doctors with lots of time to fill.) The price goes UP. People that used to wait until they could not stand it any longer, i.e often just suffered through a bad cold or allergy, will now go to the doctor. More demand for the service HIGHER PRICES. So no the reduced tax burden (by the way were exactly is my tax reduction.) will not of set my increased cost.