"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."
The importance of the individual mandate
As the title suggests, Ezra Klein uses this piece to make a case for the necessity of the individual mandate. Klein declares, "Kill the individual mandate and you're probably killing the bill, too. The mandate is what keeps average premium costs low, because it keeps healthy people in the insurance pool." The article goes on to argue that Congress needs to control costs of medical insurance, and in Klein's reasoning, the only way Congress can do that is through health care legislation which requires every American to buy health insurance.
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