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Non-Enforcement of the Individual Mandate

October 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Unless you are eligible for a tax refund, it looks like the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill wouldn’t actually enforce its requirement that everyone get insurance:

That’s form the bill as amended (pdf) by the Committee over the past few weeks. The blue text was added during the mark-up.

For people that aren’t expecting any federal payments, what incentive does this leave in the bill for them to abide by the individual mandate?

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