The GOP argues that virtually anyone can be exempted, but the administration says the carve out is much more limited.
With the looming March 31 deadline to enroll in 2014 individual health plans, the mandate is again looming large.
It's not just $95.
Premiums in Indiana will probably look like those in other states. It's all about how you frame the numbers.
Today's decision is not mainly a political story. It's not even mainly a legal story. It's a story about people like Eric Richter, and the health care system they will face going forward.
We don't yet know whether the Supreme Court will overturn the individual mandate. But we have a pretty good idea what will happen if they do.
Chief Justice John Roberts might be looking to somehow rule for and against the Affordable Care Act at the same time. And lucky for him, an array of legal scholars have figured out ways he could do exactly that.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found that "Obamacare" remains unpopular. But ask respondents whether they support the specific policies in the Affordable Care Act and even Republicans mostly answer in the affirmative.
There is no better deal in the Affordable Care Act -- and there has perhaps never been a better deal in the individual health-care market -- than to go without insurance and instead pay the mandate's penalty.
The Affordable Care Act's individual mandate isn't the first time Congress has directed Americans to purchase a product sold on the private market. The first congresses passed, and President George Washington signed, legislation forcing Americans to buy guns, knapsacks, and, in certain cases, private health insurance.
Here's my question for those hoping the individual mandate gets ruled unconstitutional: What do you think will replace it that's better? And don't you worry that, in a decade or two, we'll end up much closer to single payer?
When it began, the legal campaign against the individual mandate was dismissed as a quixotic effort based on a radical reading of the Commerce Clause. Today, if the Supreme Court rules against the mandate, it will no longer be out on a ledge. It will be in lockstep with the entire Republican Party, many polls, a number of judges, much of the media coverage, and the outcome of the oral arguments. And that has changed everything.
Last night, I sat in for Rachel Maddow, and with the help of her crack staff, dug deep into the video archive around the individual mandate. You might be surprised at what we found. Sen. Ron Wyden joins towards the end of the clip.
The Democrats' embrace of premium support was nothing like the Republican embrace of the individual mandate.