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Roland Martin: Young People Shouldn't Shun Health Coverage

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 04:24 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Young people who shun the Affordable Care Act believe they are invincible and don't need health coverage — but they should reconsider, says syndicated columnist Roland Martin, host of "News One Now."

"A lot of young folks are not signing up because folks think that they are just perfect, that everything is going to be great until they face a health crisis," Martin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Martin, formerly of CNN, says he felt the same way for a long time — until he was struck by a near-fatal health crisis.

"I know what it's like, I remember when I was 28, and I was producing for a television network, and I was good, never had a health issue," he said. "Until my appendix ruptured. [I spent] five days in a hospital in Los Angeles, with nearly $100,000 in healthcare costs — yet no health insurance.

"So trust me, I've been there."


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