New Scrutiny for Insurance Mandate After Repeal Vote

(Considering alternatives is) a necessary strategy for desperate incumbents with bad poll numbers trying to seek reelection. For the administration, they will hold onto the individual mandate because they actually believe in it.

Sometimes the argument is made that we can't do all these things in insurance regulation and coverage without forcing people to buy insurance. You should back up a step and say if we have to force people to do something, maybe we shouldn't be doing it. But, they never want to acknowledge that part.

An alternative is to provide a positive incentive to people to want to buy insurance and stay covered, and reward them for it. So they think of it as not a penalty for being late, but as a benefit for doing the right thing in a responsible manner and you get these enhanced protections. That's using incentives in a voluntary and private market place.

Thomas P. Miller is a resident fellow at AEI.

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  • Thomas Miller is a former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). He studies health care policy and regulation. A former trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster, Mr. Miller is the co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America (HarperCollins 2011) and heads AEI's "Beyond Repeal & Replace" health reform project. He has testified before Congress on issues including the uninsured, health care costs, Medicare prescription drug benefits, health insurance tax credits, genetic information, Social Security, and federal reinsurance of catastrophic events. While at the JEC, he organized a number of hearings that focused on reforms in private health care markets, such as information transparency and consumer-driven health care.
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