Government mandating healthcare

The House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act last week.

The American Health Care Act would eliminate much of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The individual mandate, of course, is the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires most Americans who do not have health insurance to purchase it -- or face financial penalties.

It is the most recognized provision of the ACA and the least popular: Polling consistently shows that a majority of Americans believe the provision is unconstitutional.

and allows for-profit companies to compete for minimum coverage insurance plans, though there are also mutual insurers so use of a commercial for-profit insurer is not compulsory.

The government regulates the insurers and operates a risk equalization mechanism to subsidize insurers that insure relatively more expensive customers.

Several features hold down the level of premiums which facilitate public compliance with the mandate.

The cost of health care in the Netherlands is higher than the European average but is less than in the United States.

Japan has a universal health care system that mandates all residents have health insurance, either at work or through a local community-based insurer, but does not impose penalties on individuals for not having insurance.

Koriwchak received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1988 and has been working with information technology since 1977.

1 approaches my inbox fills more every day with junk mail from health IT vendors offering solutions to my presumed panic. Although this might not sound too scary, it will most certainly affect every American, and it has the potential to bring chaos to the health care system.

The Japanese health ministry "tightly controls the price of health care down to the smallest detail.

Every two years, the doctors and the health ministry negotiate a fixed price for every procedure and every drug.

Under Obamacare, premiums have risen, deductibles have moved higher, and health insurance options have diminished. The Republican plan would eliminate the Obamacare mandates.

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