I read two articles from online news sources today referring to the/a health care bill as “unconstitutional,” due to the mandate which will force all Americans to purchase a plan. If this mandate passes, it will be the first time in history that American citizens are forced to purchase something they may not want.
If the mandate doesn’t pass, there is no way the pricing structure of the bill will work. If age-rated pricing is removed, it will become more and more necessary to include healthy, young people in the risk pool-exactly the people who do not “need” insurance. The only way to ensure the inclusion of this population is to mandate the purchase of health insurance. The two ideas are in direct conflict. The bill cannot be passed with its current foundation.