"There are two Affordable Care Acts. There's the legislation passed by Congress in 2009, and then there's the mythical Affordable Care Act – the perfidious 'government takeover' decried and demagogued by so many conservatives (and quite a few liberals). The former is quite popular, the latter gets decidedly mixed reviews."
Do We Need An Individual Mandate?
This piece provides an interesting analysis on the unintended consequences of the individual mandate. Goodman discusses the problem of "free riders" and then shows how the individual mandate could actually encourage "free riders" rather than eliminate them. Furthermore, Goodman explains the flaws with the current system and then briefly describes a different and more effective health care plan of action.
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