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Mass Care Not Working Out—Part XX

By on 4.12.07 | 2:21PM

Well, looks like that inividual mandate is going to have some holes in it. From the Boston Globe:

To remove the threat of a public backlash, the state plans to exempt nearly 20 percent of uninsured adults from the state's new requirement that everyone have health insurance.

The proposal, expected to be approved by a state board today, is based on calculations that even the lowest-cost insurance would not be affordable for an estimated 60,000 people with low and moderate incomes who do not qualify for state subsidies. Forcing them to buy insurance or pay a penalty could jeopardize the rest of the state's initiative, officials said. Instead, the state board appears prepared to settle for near universal coverage, all but 1 percent of the state's population.

I'll bet the folks with incomes slightly higher than the Fortunate 60,000 will be thrilled with that!

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