Most people probably agree it is desirable to have medical insurance. Lack of insurance can have costly consequences.
But should the federal government require anyone to buy government-approved medical insurance?
Judging from countless opinion polls on unpopular ObamaCare, a great many Americans would say no. And the Constitution certainly says no.
Will ObamaCare remain in effect? It's hard to tell. Federal court rulings -- including a recent split opinion by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia -- have come down on both sides.
The D.C. court stated that "The right to be free from federal regulation is not absolute and yields to the imperative that Congress be free to forge national solutions to national problems."
Of course, we don't know many people who believe there is an "absolute" right to be free of federal regulation. Rather, the question is whether ObamaCare, which was passed solely by Democrats in Congress in 2010, is constitutional.
It isn't, and the divided court decisions mean it is likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
How the Supreme Court eventually may rule will be important, not only concerning medical care, but as a matter of principles involving decisions that should be individual and personal -- and not subject to federal dictation.