Understanding the health care reform mandate

March 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Posted in health, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Ohio : WPA Art Program, 1940. (Library of Congress)

Andrew Sabl, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, explains the health care reform mandate in an easily digestible nugget:

“If you or your family aren’t getting health insurance through your job, the government will pay to get you private insurance coverage, just as an employer would. You’ll have to contribute something—but the law guarantees, with specific numbers, that it will be no more than you can afford. It’ll be less than three percent of your paycheck if your family makes $33,000 a year, less than ten percent if you make as much as $88,000. Pre-existing conditions won’t matter. The government will still pay for your insurance, with the same affordable contribution from you.”

Someone should invite this guy to a Sunday political chat show.

P.S.: Sabl wrote a paper in 2008 titled Democratic Sportsmanship – Contested Games and Political Ethics (PDF). Perhaps someone should forward it to the RNC.

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