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Republicans supported health insurance mandates?

Posted Oct 11 2010 7:54am

Although Democrats favor an individual mandate as part of health reform, Merrill Goozner notes that a Republican Congress passed a “voluntary” Medicare Part D drug program with its own mandate.  The program charges one percentage point increase in the premium for every year the senior stays out of the program.  This lead Goozner to conclude the following:

  • Republicans back mandates that charge higher prices later as the penalty, while Democrats prefer mandates that charge penalties up front.
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