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Study: Repealing The Mandate Will Increase Premiums By 25 Percent

By Igor Volsky on January 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

"Study: Repealing The Mandate Will Increase Premiums By 25 Percent"

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A new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that efforts to repeal the individual health insurance mandate — and remove the incentive for healthier people to obtain health care coverage — could increase premiums by 25 percent and raise government spending on uncompensated care. “Without the mandate, 40 to 42 million would be left uninsured,” but “the government would only spend 3 to 8 percent less on acute care for the nonelderly” partly because it would be paying more for subsidies per-enrollee and uncompensated care, which is unlikely to decrease without an individual requirement.

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