Comparison to the laws requiring car insurance...would a new law solve issues?   BD

Most Americans accept the idea to drive a car they need insurance. But what about health care? Should all Americans be forced to sign up for health insurance? In a country where the number of uninsured tops 45 million people and the cost of care skyrocketed 87 percent between 2000 and last year, two words individual mandate are suddenly a key part of the debate over health care reform among the 2008 presidential candidates.

“If it isn’t affordable, how is it solving the health care problem by forcing people to buy it?” asks Austan Goolsby, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a policy adviser to Obama.

Michael Tanner, the director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C., points to the 47 states with requirements that people buy car insurance. In those states, he says, “there are more people without car insurance than health insurance.” - Archived News Story


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