The law in this matter is rather sticky, and varies from state to state, if I understand it correctly; however, the basis is that if you are the father, but not married to the mother, you have significantly fewer rights pertaining to the child. You have more rights if you sign a paternity affidavit, and little to none if you do not. Conversely, if a father does not sign the affidavit at birth, it is more difficult and much more costly for the mother to seek child support from him (legal battles ensue). You can't be in the US, then; the only western industrialized nation the does not have nationalized universal health care coverage (even after Obama's reforms). I know this isn't your argument, but I believe that if someone is against basic health care provided for all, then they are for the individual taking responsibility at the individual level; therefor, a person who does not believe in some form of social health care should also be against a man's proposed right to absolve himself from his personal paternal responsibility... Unless this proponent was of the opinion that a father in such a predicament is not co-responsible for the actions that led to his current situation. I might even label such a rationale as narcissistic.