If you’ve been following the news over the last few days, you’ve probably heard that the Supreme Court is hearing arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act. Twenty-six states have sued the federal government challenging the ‘individual mandate,’ a requirement that each citizen purchase health insurance. The Government contends that “Uninsured Americans each year use $43 billion of health care they cannot pay for, effectively transferring those costs to other American families to the tune of about $1,000 per year.” The individual mandates seeks to reduce the costs of uncompensated care but many question whether or not the federal government has the constitutional power to impose an insurance mandate.
That said, many of us do not understand the health care reform bill (there’s a LOT in there.) The Kaiser Family Foundation prepared a video covering the main points of the health reform bill, and I’ll share it with you here.
Additionally, if you’re interested in some of the more legal arguments for and against the legal mandate, check out this program from reason.tv.