Sen. Claire Ayer and Rep. William Lippert do not want young healthy to drop their insurance. They are seriously considering shutting off this exit ramp for the young and healthy by creating a Vermont individual mandate to buy state-approved insurance.
Many states are eager to reverse the damage from Obamacare in 2018, but in some cases, they will need help from Congress, leading health care experts say.
About 8.8 million people signed up for 2018 health coverage on HealthCare.gov during this year’s open enrollment period ending Dec. 15, compared to 9.2 million sign-ups for 2017 coverage and 9.6 million for 2016 coverage.
As Friday’s closing of the open enrollment period approaches, residents interested in obtaining health care coverage are being urged to apply through Vermont Health Connect, or risk going uninsured until 2019.
Congressional repeal of Obamacare’s individual insurance mandate penalty is not tantamount to pressing the button on the doomsday machine.
“I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski wrote in Alaska newspaper the Daily News-Miner.
The crucial rationale for the individual mandate was that somebody had to subsidize the premiums of older sicker people. That “somebody” was young healthy people who, faced with exorbitant premiums to pay for somebody else’s coverage, would logically walk away from the insurance market altogether.
The mandate was always more of a “nanny tax” than a way to raise government funding. Democrats included it in the law to force the young and healthy to buy into the government-run health exchanges so as to offset the high cost of the old and very sick.
Senate Republicans announced Tuesday that their draft of the tax reform bill will repeal a key feature of Obamacare that penalizes consumers for choosing to go uninsured, in a move that could imperil the legislation by alienating centrists.