From nytimes.com:

Eliminating premium subsidies
would put health insurance out of
the financial reach of millions of
Americans who now have coverage.

Both the subsidies and the mandate
are needed to keep young, healthy
people
 in the insurance pool.

Insurance companies need
young, healthy people to help
pay for older, sicker customers.
Without them, the companies
would have to raise premiums,
and millions more could
be priced out of insurance.

Oh, I get it. You mean it's a pyramid scheme. Kind of like how the stock market should continually improve if you wait long enough. If the population doesn't keep increasing significantly, we'll have fewer hands to pay out than those from which we can collect, so I guess we'll at least keep natal services affordable, right?

Can I perhaps modestly propose reading John Scalzi's Old Man's War?

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