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Good Example of the Cost of Helmet (or lack of) Laws

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Looks like the real issue is that these idiots ride without sufficient medical insurance. If they had sufficient medical insurance, I don't think the hospitals would be complaining... they would be getting paid.

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Looks like the real issue is that these idiots ride without sufficient medical insurance. If they had sufficient medical insurance, I don't think the hospitals would be complaining... they would be getting paid.
The brain injures that are the result of not wearing a helmet usually exceed the limits of liability of any insurance policy. As a result of this behavior, I the taxpayer(rider or not) must pay for this persons care.
Someone who wears a helmet is doing what he can to protect himself(and me) from the cost of catastrophic injury.

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As usual, there is questionable logic in some of those figures.

In the last ten years, they have had nearly triple the motorcycle accident victims, and blame that increase totally on lack of helmet use in neighboring states. I wonder how many more riders there are now than ten years ago. Also, it seems that more motorcyclists are riding more miles now, that the machines have gotten more reliable (speaking primarily of HD here, most other brands have been fairly reliable since the early 70's), and we have more the leisure time to ride.

To say that wearing a motorcycle helmet can save 20,000.00 in health care cost of 75,000-100,000.00 (75% of whom are uninsured, according to the article) isn't solving the problem.

Don't get me wrong, I believe in helmets, I won't even take my motorcycle out of the garage without putting mine on, and won't move until the chin bar is latched, but I don't feel the government should dictate that we must wear one. I don't fail to use seat-belts either, but I think the government is out of line to require them too. Education and understanding will accomplish a lot more than mandated compliance.
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The brain injures that seem to have resulted from not wearing a helmet should be considered a pre-existing condition.
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The brain injures that seem to have resulted from not wearing a helmet should be considered a pre-existing condition.
"pre-existing condition". ROTFLMAO!!!

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How much for undocumented/illegal alien care?

I wonder how much it costs to give "free" medical care to all of the poor/illegals in this Country? I bets its millions\billions compaired to a relitively few guys who think their heads are made of steel!

And, I note, that the "beanie" non-DOT semi-hard hat with NO protection what-so-ever that many HD rider's wear, is LEGAL! At least in California and Nevada. So, its up to the individual to figure out what his/her head is worth. I support their right to kill themselves. Does anyone think that the brain injured don't regret their decisions to go unprotected -- if they can even form the though?

However, I would rather pay my taxes to fix a few broken heads from some fools without hard hats than to millions who need "free" medical care when they cross our boarders without the necessary paperwork.

Guess where the media and the goverment wants us all to focus? Yes, to those 2 wheeled "rebels" who get in the way of the soccer mom's SUV while she is talking on her cell and yelling at the kids!
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While I am not in favor of creating more and more government regulation for personal habits, I disagree that the government shouldn't require people to wear helmets or use seat belts. If public tax dollars are used to pay for the injuries of those too stupid to protect themselves, then I believe that same public is entitled to mitigate that risk to whatever extent they need. This means helmet/seat belt laws in many states.

Personally, my sense of self-preservation is very strong and I always wear a helmet.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 2006, 12:39 pm
 
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Stop Paying for Med care

Stop paying for medical care.

From the individual point of view, either pay or die.

From the 'public' point of view, "We don't pay for full medical". From the hospital and caregiver point of view, "We don't give free treatment."

Man, how hard is it to recognize this has nothing to do with helmets or motorcycles?
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This is one option, but it's not going to happen.
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