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How The GOP Could Nudge The Uninsured Toward Coverage

via Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Republicans in Congress say they’ll keep working on health-care reform. It never made sense to give up after only a few months of trying, but their plan would have better prospects if they modified it to address the criticism that it would leave too many people without insurance. The solution is to enroll uninsured Americans automatically in no-premium health coverage.

The GOP does not want to require Americans to get health insurance. Besides, a mandate is no guarantee; many people are going without insurance under ObamaCare because they cannot afford the law’s expensive plans or aren’t aware of their options. According to the Treasury Department, 6.5 million people paid ObamaCare’s individual-mandate penalty in 2016 for not having had coverage the year before, and another 12.7 million received exemptions from the tax and remained uninsured.

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