Originally Posted by Crawford
'probably foolish' ? 'Absolutely out of the question' is more like it. No health insurance means you are one step away from bankruptcy if needing any kind of hospitalisation treatment.
While there might be millions of folks in the US who have no health insurance, the majority are not doing so out of choice - they just don't have the money to pay for it; and live dreading the day they might be struck down with an illness.
I fully agree with you. However I find that many folks over here on the "other" side of the pond are incredulous to hear that there is no health insurance requirement for a long-stay visa for the US.