And mandates are far from being universally embraced. In Massachusetts, where health insurance mandates have been in place for more than three years, the results appear to be mixed, depending on whom you ask.
As Congress gets closer to debating specific bills on the House and Senate floors, how do you feel about being told you must have health insurance — or else? If you don’t have insurance right now, how would the threat of a tax penalty affect your decision to purchase insurance? If you’re a health insurer, what do you think mandates would mean for cost and care?
- Robert Restuccia: Executive Director of Community Calalyst
- Steffie Woolhandler: Co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program
- Mark Richardson: Dean of the Medical School at Oregon Health & Science University
- Karen Seccombe: Professor of Community Health at Portland State University