A co-worker struggling to make ends meet comes to you with a problem. The price of admission to a dear colleague’s retirement party at an upscale establishment is beyond her means, malady though not yours.
You both feel obliged to attend. She’d rather bring some refreshments to a conference room than spend what she cannot afford on a lavish event. You like the idea of a grand send-off for your retiring colleague. There can be only one party.
A similar, underrecognized conundrum arises in health insurance. Both you and your less fortunate co-worker are obliged under the law to obtain coverage (which you both want anyway).
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