Reminder: before Obamacare, poor people got free healthcare
I read a lot of comments like “I don’t want no Obamacare because I don’t want my tax dollars to pay for the healthcare of no poor people”
Well here’s a fact for you: before Obamacare, poor people still had free healthcare.
1. Medicaid predates Obamacare.
2. Before Obamacare, under the EMTALA passed when Reagan was president, emergency medical providers (like hospitals) must treat everyone who has an emergency medical condition or is in labor, regardless of their ability to pay.
3. Everyone 65+ had Medicare.
Obamacare expanded healthcare subsidies to those who are less poor, the working poor and yes even the middle class. Yes, those making the median household income (currently $51,759 per year) are eligible for Obamacare subsidies.
Healthcare for all makes sense for middle-class tax payers. They are already being taxed for healthcare for poor people and seniors, they might as well pay a little more tax and get the benefit themselves.