After the Deluge: Health Reform Without an Individual Mandate
Kaiser Health News, February 2011
2 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2011 Last revised: 4 Jul 2011
Two federal judges now tell us that the federal health law's individual mandate is unconstitutional. Three others disagree, and soon we will start to hear from appellate courts. But what if we put the legal arguments aside for the moment and focus on the real question: what happens to health reform if the individual mandate is ultimately struck down?
Keywords: Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare, individual state mandate, free-riding on the insurance market
JEL Classification: I11, I18, I19, K32
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