Argument: Mandating health insurance is socially regressive

Issue Report: Health insurance mandates


Marcia Angel. “Should health insurance be mandatory”. New York Times. June 4, 2009: “A mandate is also extremely regressive. In Massachusetts, mandated insurance and co-payments can amount to nearly a third of income. Income taxes apportion the costs of public services more fairly, and I see no reason not to adopt that approach in paying for health care. To be sure, President Obama has said he would exempt people from the mandate who couldn’t afford to purchase their own health insurance. But aren’t these precisely the people most in need of it? Massachusetts has exempted 62,000 people from the mandate for that reason.”