Will the Individual Mandate Be Strong Enough?
Posted at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 22
As regulators prepare to release new health insurance rules for the “minimum essential coverage” that an individual must purchase or face a penalty, The Hill previews what to expect in the regulation.
“But there are exceptions: people who don’t make enough money to pay taxes are not subject to the mandate, and there are religious exemptions as well. Those who would have to spend more than 8 percent of their income on health insurance are also exempt.”
“Those exemptions are part of the reason some policy analysts think the mandate is too weak — that it won’t be effective at getting young, healthy people into the insurance system, to offset the costs of covering older, sicker patients.”