Not everyone wants "free stuff."
For some good friends, I learned that that subsidies are not necessarily a solution to increasing the number of people covered by healthcare insurance.
They had a catastrophic healthcare insurance policy which covered themselves and their daughter for about $350 per month. They were quite happy with it. Recently, however, they learned that their policy was not going to be renewed because it was not Obamacare-compliant.
The cheapest alternative they could find was $1200 per month, but that does not work with their modest budget. "Did you check to see if you are eligible for subsidies," I asked? "Oh no, Scott. We have never taken money from the government, and we are not about to now. We will just have to go without healthcare insurance. We are not at all happy about this, but we see no alternative."
It's reassuring to know that not everyone is willing to become dependent on government handouts. I'm very proud of our friends' pride, but very upset that it has come to this: to preserve their pride, there are at least some Americans that will have to do without healthcare insurance. This is not right—it is a tragedy. Obamacare not only restricts everyone's healthcare choices, it forces some to either accept handouts they don't want or forego healthcare insurance altogether.