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Volume 26 • Number 3

July 2012



Manda tory Health Insurance, Liberalism, and Freedom

by S. Stewart Braun

The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (henceforth PPACA) is estimated to expand health insurance coverage to an additional 32 million Americans starting in 2014. Nevertheless, the PPACA is highly controversial in large part because it contains a provision mandating that all citizens carry health insurance meeting minimum standards. The individual mandate has been criticized in two ways. First, as an intrusive government regulation that undermines liberty by forcing citizens to purchase health insurance regardless of whether they desire it or deem it cost-effective. Second, for imposing a burden on the young and healthy by forcing them to purchase insurance and, thereby, subsidize the coverage of older or sicker individuals.

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