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Battle Over Obamacare
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Apr 3, 2018

When it Comes to the ACA, Is No Mandate No Problem?

As President Trump continues to insist that the Affordable Care Act is “essentially repealed” due to the 2019 demise of the individual mandate penalty, new polling from the experts at the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 9 in 10 individual market enrollees plan to keep their health plan with or without a mandate. The poll found that the threat of paying a tax penalty is not the top deciding factor for most people on whether or not to purchase insurance, and ranks below reasons such as protecting against high medical bills, peace of mind, or because they or a family member has an ongoing health condition. The finding is yet another sign that the ACA is more resilient than people on both sides of the debate assumed, and may not be decimated by either the repeal of the individual mandate, the gutting of federal outreach efforts, or the termination of cost-sharing reduction payments. But the picture is not all rosy.┬áMonthly…

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