Rahul and I note that those who believe in a sustainable private market for health coverage have a lot riding on the individual mandate. To me, a critical passage is this one:
Once we say that everyone must have insurance, we are also saying that everyone has a right to affordable coverage. Take away the mandate, and it would be much easier to neglect poor people and to leave them uninsured. That’s just what we expect to happen if the new law is limited or overturned.
I must say that the trajectory of this debate is ironic and painful for those of us who were around in early 2008 for the Democratic primary wars, in which supporters of health reform so lacerated each other around this topic.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this personally, particularly as they relate to columns such as this one that I wrote almost three years ago. I’m curious what our commenters think about this turn of the wheel in the politics of health reform. I have my own thoughts. More on them another time.
I’ve also been thinking about something totally unrelated. I’ve been very gratified to publish articles in several national media outlets recently. Total payment: About $500. How do young journalists survive in this new media economy?