Trump’s Health-Care Dilemma

The president-elect and his Republican Congress will surely change health care — but first, they have to decide how.

Source: Trump’s Health-Care Dilemma

Twenty million more Americans have health insurance coverage now than before its passage in 2010. Health insurance costs have dropped for many families. The public has enthusiastically embraced the program’s guarantees of coverage for pre-existing conditions and for children under the age of 26.

Second, if the Republicans repeal the hated individual mandate, which requires everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty, it’s going to be tough to provide insurance for anyone who wants it while keeping costs under control. Insurance exchanges aren’t enrolling enough younger, healthier individuals who can shoulder some of the costs. If the individual mandate is wiped out, this problem would get worse.

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