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Democrats managed to get themselves the worst possible result: a law that enflames the opposition on the basis of overreaching federal power but may not work in practice because there is no real power behind it. Whether or not the Court strikes it down, the individual mandate has been one of the most serious political and policy mistakes of recent decades.

Paul Starr, in the New Republic

HT to Chris Jacobs.

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  1. Brian says:

    It may go down as the worst domestic policy adventure of the 21st century.

    ……hopefully not the beginning of something much worse to come.

  2. Davie says:

    How will Obama response if the SCOTUS overrules the individual option?

    My guess is he would attempt to galvanize the base by arguing that another term is needed to appoint Justices who will save health care.

    Another guess, though unlikely, is that he could take the radical approach introduced by Gingrich, Santorum and others who believe in court-stripping.

    Let the fireworks begin!

  3. Buster says:

    Wow! I’m somewhat surprised to see Paul Starr, a well-known liberal public health advocate and author of a classic book on the social history of American medicine, dismiss the individual mandate as a mistake.

  4. Giancarlo says:

    4. Should only people who seuffr catastrophic events seek health insurance? Well, lets say your answer is Yes!.In that case, its simply not a profitable business model from the insurance companys perspective. You will only lose money on sick people, unless you jack up premiums to cover the loses. This is what happened in CA. I, for one, still hate the idea of mandated health insurance. BUT, truth is, it probably is the most feasible way of keeping costs down.