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Myths About the Individual Mandate

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): New America Foundation

Author(s): Sarah Axeen; Elizabeth Carpenter

Topic: Health (Licensing and regulation)

Keywords: Health Reform; Individual Mandate

Type: Brief

Abstract:

Requiring individuals to purchase health insurance--the so-called "individual mandate"--is the subject of much debate. This fact sheet outlines why an individual mandate, coupled with low-income subsidies and insurance market reforms, is a necessary component of any proposal that seeks to cover all Americans.