Are you young, invincible and feel like you do not need health care? Do you dread money coming out of your paycheck for doctor’s visits that you will not make this year? Do you oppose government intervening in your everyday life on matters they cannot necessarily control?
If you answered yes to all these questions, so did I, but are these the only reasons you should opt out of the Affordable Care Act?
It has been over a month since the health care law went into effect, and while enrollment numbers will not be out until next week, the law is predicated on having youthful signees offset the cost for care of older, sickly individuals.
These “Young Invincibles,” as they are referred to, will make or break the effectiveness of the law. However, there are some groups that are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that without their enrollment, the health marketplace goes into a “depression.” They are even campaigning by asking young adults to opt out of Obamacare.
Personally, I am opting out of it because it would be cheaper for me to obtain health care from my employer. Whether you are like me or have insurance through your parents while in college, the Affordable Care Act is just not for everyone. That does not make you unpatriotic; it means you are using the options that the marketplace provides in order to make an informed decision for yourself.
This is how the law avoids the socialist moniker. Allowing all Americans to pick the care that they want regardless of where the plan comes from is democracy at its finest. The only mandate is that we all, as Americans, have health care.