Some of them -prepare yourselves, this is shocking- may even receive charitable (that is: "free") health care.
If only there were some way that taxpayers could involuntarily be put on the hook for... these things... that... they're already getting?
Seriously, I don't get what NBC (or the "experts" they sought out) thinks is wrong here. Why should people in Beaumont or Amarillo be on the hook (involuntarily) for a fertilizer plant explosion in West? Charitable contributions are pouring in. Even NBC acknowledges that. No one is going to the State with their hand out and being turned away- no one is going to the State with their hand out. By way of example:
“I haven’t had any calls requesting assistance,” said Eva Cruz Hamby, who heads health services for McLennan County.
No. Calls. For. Assistance.
And somehow this is bad?
Of course it is. If the nation heard about this in a positive light- a community, state, and nation coming together without any appreciable government assistance, people might get the idea that the Government shouldn't be in the charity business. We can't let the Knights of Columbus and the Red Cross take care of everything; people might decide that those taxes that are going to various offices of emergency management, or paying for FEMA might be being wasted or something. Heaven forbid that the American people be self-reliant and able to take care of their own affairs without Government intervention.
In its breathless reporting that nearly 1/4 of Texans don't have health insurance, it simply glosses over the fact that 100% of them have access to health care. Every county has a county hospital which will provide care regardless of ability to pay. Even most private hospitals (not-for-profit or otherwise) will do the same. For the times when that isn't enough, other charities pay for people, neighbors help neighbors.
But to the idiots at NBC, this is a bad thing. Because it proves the lie that the Government must be responsible for taking care of you.