Comment: Worse than the mandate?

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Worse than the mandate?

The mandate is the counter-balance to the pre-existing conditions clause (this or any of it is constitutional??) meaning that without the mandate, people can wait until after they get sick to buy insurance, saving individuals thousands in premiums and destroying the insurance companies in the process.

Since the insurance companies won't go for this, the end of the mandate could mean the end of the entire bill.

But I could see the government deciding that they will pay the mandate premiums themselves, effectively writing the insurance companies a check for every citizen who decides not to buy (and who would?).

And then the corporations would probably choose to not pay for health insurance wherever they could (why would they?).

So this is more likely a road to single-payor government healthcare. :-\

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