Illinois State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th District), introduced a bill on Monday which proposes the following:
A person who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and chooses not to be vaccinated shall pay for health care expenses out-of-pocket if the person becomes hospitalized because of COVID-19 symptoms.
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Carroll, 47, told WGN 9 Chicago he thought of the idea after his wife as
ked him why the government pays the hospital bills for the unvaccinated.
The state lawmaker expressed his frustration in an interview with The Washington Post. This debate is being “played out,” he said, between those who are “trying to do the right thing” and those “choosing not to get vaccinated for whatever reason.”
“If you choose not to get the vaccine and end up catching COVID and end up having any medical expenses, you are responsible for those costs,” he told The Post. “No one is telling anyone what they have to do. What we’re saying is if you make that decision to not get vaccinated and you are hospitalized, that’s the decision you’re making, and there’s consequences to that. It’s a simple formula.”
“We’re in a world where COVID is going to be here for a bit, and those who aren’t doing their part are creating new variants and continuing to spread the disease,” Carroll explained. “We’ve tried so many different incentives and conversations to get people vaccinated, but people aren’t listening. And there is a potential consequence to that personal choice.”
Carroll notes that it is “exceptionally ironic” that Republicans opposed to this legislation are citing Obamacare as “the reason why this bill can’t happen.”
Yes, The Affordable Care Act was forced upon us against our wishes. Nevertheless, it is the law. And Carroll’s proposed legislation would violate that law.
According to HealthCare.gov:
All Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions.
No insurance plan can reject you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for essential health benefits for any condition you had before your coverage started.
What I find to be “exceptionally ironic” is that Carroll and his Democratic colleagues who have argued endlessly that health care is “a right,” would deny this right to “the unvaccinated?”
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Article by Elizabeth Vaughn. Originally posted at American Free News Network.