California students protest provision in health care reform bills

Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 2010 

Michael Sertic, a college senior studying economics, is young and healthy, and he doesn't want the government forcing him to buy health insurance.

He is among a group of people on both the right and the left ends of the political spectrum who object to proposals in Congress that would compel nearly every American to buy health insurance or face a fine.

"I happen to believe it's unconstitutional. Government shouldn't be forcing someone to pay for someone else's health care," said Sertic, 24, a member of Students for Liberty, a club at California State University, Sacramento, that espouses libertarian values.

The so-called individual mandate, a centerpiece of the sweeping effort to overhaul the country's health care system, seemed a nonissue during most of the early debate just months ago, but in recent weeks it has emerged as another obstacle in the effort to pass legislation providing health insurance to millions of Americans who lack it. Read the complete story at sacbee.com

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