Should you be allowed to refuse health insurance?

Michael Hebert argues no:

Is it acceptable to allow people to choose to be without health insurance? I say no. There are too many common, potentially devastating medical illnesses lurking out there. If Cindy were to find a lump her breast, for example, she would probably lose her job and her health, go bankrupt, and eventually, after prolonged suffering, end up on Medicaid. She would also, with her pre-existing condition, be uninsurable for the rest of her life. It should not be the public’s job to pick up the pieces when an individual takes a risk and loses out. While one Cindy is a small risk for a society to take, a million of them is a serious risk, and one the public has a right to weigh in on.


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