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Health Care Expert Says Congress Can Fix Gross Violation of Individual Liberty
Mandate to Buy Insurance Failed to Make Obamacare Exchanges Function Properly
With the Senate version of tax reform containing a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate, a health care expert with the National Center for Public Policy Research says the House of Representatives would be wise to embrace this restoration of individual liberty as the chambers conference on a final version of the bill to be sent to the White House.
"If Congress can't repeal Obamacare all at once, then repealing it piece by piece is the next best thing. That's what the Senate did Friday when it rolled back the individual mandate," notes David Hogberg, Ph.D., a National Center adjunct fellow specializing in health care policy.
In a new National Center commentary published by the American Spectator, Dr. Hogberg suggests that the House of Representatives "now follow the Senate's lead" in its own version of tax reform by adding a repeal of the penalty that compels Americans to buy health insurance, so that it is included in the final version sent to President Donald Trump.
"The Senate struck a blow for freedom," adds Dr. Hogberg, the author of the book Medicare's Victims: How the U.S. Government's Largest Health Care P.... "The House should do the same. This was never anything more than a gross encroachment on liberty. Nowhere in the Constitution or in constitutional law is there any justification for letting the government force people to buy health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts erred greatly when he sided with the Supreme Court's liberals in letting the mandate stand."
In the commentary, Dr. Hogberg refutes Obamacare supporters who argue that the Obamacare exchanges will fall apart without the individual mandate. "The individual mandate has never worked as advertised," he says. "It was supposed to keep premiums low and keep insurance companies in the exchanges. It has done neither."
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