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The Case for the Individual Mandate in Health Reform

The Case for the Individual Mandate in Health Reform

In this February 2012 study, the Center for American Progress examines “why the individual mandate is an essential pillar of comprehensive health care reform.” It notes that in states that tried market reforms without a mandate, premiums increased and enrollment declined, while in Massachusetts reform that included a mandate resulted in near universal coverage. The report concludes that there is no evidence that any alternatives to the mandate would be nearly as effective.