Is mandating health insurance unconstitutional
“What this means is that the sick people without insurance who want it would go into a separate insurance pool full of other people likely to require lots of expensive medical care.” Of course, as Williams points out, the “high risk” pools would include far more expensive plans that many would find difficult to afford, requiring some sort of government subsidies — one of the biggest reasons why the GOP was against Obamacare in the first place.Until they can figure out some way to reconcile the two, the current rule on covering those with preexisting conditions will likely stay in place.Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was relieved by the news. We ask our members to please join us in our new community site, The Hartmann Report. Are principles meaningless for some so called liberals/progressives now.While Republicans are insistent that their own plan is in the works, nothing has been released to the public — despite the fact that they have voted repeatedly to repeal the ACA ever since they took the majority in the House in 2011.The delay is purposeful, since many aspects of the Affordable Care Act are extremely popular and constituents don’t want to see them disappear, especially with no replacement plan on the horizon.However the GOP hated the mandate, which they argued was unconstitutional and infringed on the rights of American citizens.
Here are some of the biggest benefits you received thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and how likely it is that each benefit will completely disappear.For the millions of people of reproductive age, Obamacare’s major impact was in allowing them to access birth control without monthly co-pays at a pharmacy or to obtain long-lasting reversible contraceptives like IUDs without paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket.According to a Guttmacher study, the percentage of insurees who were able to obtain no co-pay birth control methods in the first 18 months that the birth control mandate went into effect increased dramatically from as little as 15 percent to 74 percent, depending on the type of contraception.Unfortunately insurance companies aren’t as big of a fan, since that means covering more patients who use more services that insurers must reimburse.But kicking a few million sick customers off insurance — or telling millions more that they are uninsurable in the first place — isn’t going to poll well when politicians are up for reelection.