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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 07:27 PM
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Pres. Obama Arguing against Mandates:
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Edited on Thu Dec-17-09 07:28 PM by amborin
"...... Whats meant by a mandate is that the government is forcing people to buy health insurance and so shes suggesting a parent is not going to buy health insurance for themselves if they can afford it. Now, my belief is that most parents will choose to get health care for themselves and we make it affordable.

Heres the concern. If you havent made it affordable, how are you going to enforce a mandate. I mean, if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house. The reason they dont buy a house is they dont have the money. And so, our focus has been on reducing costs, making it available. I am confident if people have a chance to buy high-quality health care that is affordable, they will do so. Thats what our plan does and nobody disputes that.

The problem that people resisting the mandate seem to be having is that the health care offered through the Senate bill is not completely affordable, particularly to those in the middle class, and more important, its not of high quality. As Ian Welsh notes today, the Senate bill does not have annual caps for insurance companies and has on the aggregate a 70% actuarial value, and even lower for certain key groups. Welsh notes, 100 billion in subsidies doesnt mean squat if they come tied to an expense people cant afford, making them buy insurance which is not particularly useful."



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