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    As far as I'm concerned, premiums are already so high that no sane company or individual would pay them -- and since premiums seem to only go higher, at a rate way above GDP or COLAs, within a few years nothing will be remotely "affordable" except for the super-rich. If you tell employers they have to buy it for employees, bingo -- they manage not to hire any "employees," only independent contractors. IMO this is a huge contributor to the stuck employment numbers.

    So mandate or no, my prediction is that the number of uninsured will continue to rise and will eventually be more than 50% of the population, and a much higher percentage of the under-65s. Either single-payer (or at least a truly affordable Medicare-buy-in public option) comes in, or providers will have to get used to being paid in $10-a-week installments or in chickens and cornmeal. Or people just don't get medical care.


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