The insurer’s are complicit alright. I suppose this has something to do with the White House telling them that the government will make good on their losses when (not if) they occur.
I am curious though as to just who and which insurer gets “charged” for a non-insured person who receives care? I wander into an emergency room with a broken arm and they take care of me........what insurer does that hospital send the bill to? How does an insurer cover someone who they have no idea even exists?
That's why everyone's premiums will double or triple.
It's called Cost shifting
“what insurer does that hospital send the bill to? How does an insurer cover someone who they have no idea even exists?”
You are posing practical questions which in their haste to save 0 care the new threatening regs do not address. If they could have designed a system that would work in the real world, they would not have to issue more last minute threatening regs to begin with!
1. You have to present an insurance card to the hospital or doctor. People without insurance on 1 Jan. will not have insurance cards.
2. Hospitals and doctors are not going to send a bill based on a non-existent or expired card. They can’t. They will ask the person who is responsible for the bill. The person seeking treatment can only then try to file a claim on their own, if they even believe they are actually insured and have a guess by whom they might be “insured” in a world where they are actually NOT insured because of 0 care!
3. IOW only people with cancelled insurance will even have an expired card and an idea where to file a claim; some of these people signed up for a higher-cost replacement policy with the same insurer, so they have a valid insurance card. The new regs imply the insurer is supposed to cover them based on their PREVIOUS policy which 0 care cancelled, and not the NEW policy which complies with 0 care legislation?? Try THAT! An insurance policy is a CONTRACT.
4. The new regulations attempt to bypass contract law. An insurance policy is a contract between the insured and insurer, based on consideration: e.g. your first check. Without that, a contract does not exist. Try to go to court and sue an insurance company that did not cover you, based on 0’s threatening regulations. A court uses settled law to decide cases — i.e. here, contract law.