I flip flop both ways on this issue.<br><br>
I think that in this day and age, health insurance / health care almost feels like a basic human right.<br><br>
I also don't have a problem with each individual being responsible for paying some portion of the costs. Wherein "some portion" is a highly loaded phrase.<br><br>
Yeah, health expenses that come as a result of "life choices" should possibly be funded more by the chooser (person) than by the group or gov't. But, what constitutes a "life choice"? Yeah smoking is bad. Smoking causes cancer. But, there's no way to know 100% that a person got cancer because they smoked. There is a possibility that they would have gotten cancer anyway - lung cancer does happen in people who have never smoked. And there's no way to tell.<br><br>
What about seemingly healthy activities like running? What happens when I need an MRI on my knee from a running injury? I choose to run knowing full well that there are risks associated with it. Should the group (whomever that may be) be responsible for paying for bills associated with my choice to run, which they may or may not agree with?<br><br>
On the very high level, it seems simple. But when you burrow down into the details, it gets quite unclear as to what the appropriate course of action should be. IMHO.