Argument: Mandates help end pre-existing condition exclusion

Issue Report: US health care reform


Paul Waldman. “The Health-Care Ultimatum.” The American Prospect. December 22, 2009: “one of the core goals of this reform has always been forbidding insurance companies from denying people coverage because of their pre-existing conditions. But without a mandate, people could just wait until they get sick to sign up for coverage. If that were allowed, premiums would skyrocket to levels even more unaffordable than what we have now. It may be distasteful to deliver the insurance companies millions of new customers, but there’s just no way around it.”