"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."
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"The 'Individual Mandate' section of the new healthcare reform bill introduces a paradigm shift in the role of the federal government. For the first time in American history, citizens will be forced to purchase something (in this case health insurance approved by the government) against their will or else pay a fine. Some legal scholars worry that this is an egregious form of constitutional overreach that may set a dangerous precedent. If a government can force people to buy insurance now, what else will they force them to buy in the future? Research shows that Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the Individual Mandate and resent feeling bullied by their own government."
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