Under-reported: Obamacare’s central feature has been repealed

Tom Cotton is US Senator for Arkansas.

Some media comment on the repeal of the individual care mandate
The Hill: “Many experts and health-care groups warn that repeal will destabilize ObamaCare markets, leading to premium increases or insurers simply dropping out of certain areas. Without a financial penalty under the mandate for lacking health coverage, there is less incentive for healthy people to sign up and balance out the costs of the sick.”

National Review: “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that within a decade as many as 13 million more people will go without insurance. For many of those people, forgoing insurance is not a wise decision. But it is still their decision. Contrary to progressive talking points, no one’s insurance is going to be taken away.”

Fortune: “Repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate won’t affect most people. That’s because the vast majority of Americans receive health coverage through their employer or through a public health program like Medicare, Medicaid, or military health services.”

You might believe, judging by media coverage, that Congress abandoned the health-care issue entirely after the Republican health-care bill failed last summer but you’d be wrong.

The new tax bill repeals Obamacare’s hated individual mandate.  The mandate requires every American to buy government-approved insurance or pay a fine to the Internal Revenue Service of up to nearly $2,100 per household.  Little wonder it’s been the least popular part of Obamacare.

The media has missed this story for several reasons:


Introduction to this Under-reported series.

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