What do I do about health insurance if my employer doesn’t offer it?

I haven’t posted about this before because I didn’t think it was all that interesting. But I think a lot of people who are eyeing early retirement have a lot of anxiety around what they’ll do about health insurance.‎

First of all, I think it’s really weird that in our country our ability to get health insurance or medical care is tied to our employer and their decision about whether to offer it. How is that the system we ended up with? It’s so weird when you switch jobs you have to go through this whole process of signing up with a different health insurance system. Why is our relationship with health care at the whim of our employers? I don’t know why, but I think that’s dumb.‎

Plus, what if your employer doesn’t offer health insurance? Or you retire early like I did? Then what?!‎

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