The federal Affordable Care Act address American health care challenges largely by aiming to boost the number of people with health insurance. But that approach ignores a key question: How risky is it be uninsured?

Dr. Chris Conover, research scholar at Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, addressed that question during a presentation today to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. The bottom line: A lack of insurance is not as risky as you might fear.

In the video clip below, Conover summarizes key findings from his research.

3 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 45:30 event.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.