The U.S. government should not require its citizens to have health insurance.
The March Public Forum resolution once again (we’ve had many Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas topics on the issue of health care) introduces the question of the role of the government in providing health care.
This time, the focus of question is on whether or not the government should or should not require citizens to have health insurance. This question is actually quite timely and interesting, as it was the subject of a recent court case – National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius – that was decided in June of 2012.
This case was quite significant because it dealt with a critical provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – the significant, national legislation that was passed by the US Congress in 2010 with the goal of providing health care coverage to all Americans. The critical provision in this legislation that was the subject of the court case was whether or not the government can require all Americans to purchase health insurance.
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