"All expenses paid, bitches!"
If someone has insufficient (read: zero) insurance, they don't get turned away at the emergency room when a stop sign is sticking out of their eye. Doctors are still going to help them, because of that whole oath thing. But they're not doing it for free, so the cost of their visit is passed on to people who do have insurance, in the form of higher premiums or higher deductibles. In the years before Obamacare, a whopping $42 billion in health care costs was left unpaid. Families were paying an average of $1,017 more each year to cover that cost.
"Honey, you'll have to walk this off. Our premiums are too high this month."
It's not just citizens that are adding to this burden, either. Turns out that undocumented immigrants also get sick every so often, and they don't patch themselves up with makeshift first aid kits like action movie heroes. About 18 percent of uninsured injury-and-illness-havers are undocumented Hispanic immigrants, according to the Census Bureau, and doctors are rudely giving them as much help as they would a patriot. But before you go blaming them for selfishly bleeding all over your hospitals for free, remember that these folks are legally barred from getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers tried to change that earlier this year, with the important caveat that immigrants could never receive government subsidies, but for some reason, we're going to assume that this proposal won't be gaining any traction in this administration.