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Is it the government's responsibility to provide affordable health care?

Republicans want to repeal Obamacare because they believe it forces American citizens to buy overpriced, sub-par insurance. Critics argue people know how to take care of themselves—the government should not step in to tell people how to live. But a vocal resistance of progressives are turning normally mundane town halls into raucous events, arguing Obamacare saves lives. Supporters would rather see an expansion of Medicare to make health care more affordable for everyone. What do you think? 💉

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Republicans say Obamacare distorted the insurance market and forced insurance companies to raise their prices or drop out of the market entirely. The individual mandate forces individuals to buy insurance at a higher price or settle for sub-par insurance that leaves patients with fewer choices. Those two variables mean Americans are being forced by Obamacare to pay more for less insurance. 

In an ideal world, people should have the freedom to make their own choices regarding their health care. People know what their own needs are—they don't need the government micromanaging their lives. 

However, I don’t believe the government’s job should be to guarantee health insurance for everyone. As a free-market advocate, I believe the government should protect customers’ freedom to purchase (and insurers’ freedom to offer) insurance plans mutually agreeable to both parties. Customers should be left free to join (or not join) with others into insurance risk pools that best suit their needs. Some patients might prefer a pretty lavish plan that covers a lot of services. Others might prefer a leaner plan that protects against catastrophic accidents and illnesses only — but costs correspondingly less.
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No one chooses to be sick and no one should have to go bankrupt because of an unforeseen illness. Proponents of government subsidized health care say it is the only way to get everyone reliable access to insurance, while spreading the costs effectively to ensure providers are able to stay afloat.

It should be self-evident that health insurance is a necessity of modern life in an advanced economy. Improvements in medical care over the past century have made it possible to cure many diseases and correct or minimize many ailments that previously would have been debilitating or fatal. These advances are not inexpensive. The cost of health care has risen dramatically and steadily for many years. Patients diagnosed with cancer or suffering from injuries caused by an accident will quickly run up medical bills totaling tens of thousands, and sometimes hundreds of thousands, of dollars. Only the very rich could pay for such care without health insurance. For most Americans, even for the modestly affluent, health insurance is necessary to ensure ready and uninterrupted care when a major problem arises.
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And here's how people responded to Paul Ryan:

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Is it the government's responsibility to provide affordable health care?
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