Health Care Needs the Individual Mandate

Issue 03-20-17   |   Reviewer:   Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMA


You probably think of the income tax system as a way for the government to raise money. It is, but it's also much more. Many provisions in tax law are actually aimed at bringing about social and economic policy changes. In the case of health care laws, current tax laws impose penalties on those without insurance as a way to mandate that all buy their own coverage.

Proposed changes do away with mandatory coverage but offer tax credits to those who buy coverage. In the end, as long as hospitals are obligated to treat patients without regard to their ability to pay, does it really matter? Someone must ultimately pay.

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