Are those who oppose healthcare reform independently wealthy?
* The average hospital stay in the US costs over $29k for people with insurance.
* The average cost of premiums in the US is over $12k per year
* 62% of personal bankruptcies can be attributed to medical costs
* The number of employers offering healthcare insurance to their employees fell by 7% during the Bush years
These plaintiffs claim they cannot afford the penalty for failing to carry health insurance, but seem oblivious to the fact it would be even more impossible for them to afford an average hospital stay. The HCR bill at least subsidizes the cost of the penalty for low-income families - in some cases even eliminating all cost. But the bill for a hospital stay will remain on your credit report until the day you pay it off or die.