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Super post!

I would only take exception with the following:

It is a mistake to think of health care as an individual acquisition, something that individuals can chose to have or not have. I am a firm believer in markets and individual choice where they can work well. With regard to health care, the use of markets is a miserable failure. When you need medical treatment you have neither the time nor the emotional capacity to make an informed and quality choice. Trying to use markets for health care is best thought of as superstition based on distorted and irrational quasi-religious beliefs about markets.

The individual acquisition of insurance would normally be done long before the health crisis is upon you, when everything is still cool and calm.

If you find yourself in the hospital because you did something that violated the insurance contract, like motorcycling without a helmet, then yes the hospital should still fix you (if they can) right away - but you should bear the cost, not society.

Markets need to be regulated but US health care is far more expensive than elsewhere because the markets are not open. They are owned by the AMA and the drug dealers (sorry, the pharmaceutical industry).
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