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  •  Perhaps that's where the mandates (1+ / 0-)
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    humanmancalvin

    come in.  The mandates are a way to sweeten the deal for the insurance companies and get them to sign on.

    As for me, I'd tell 'em to go f*ck themselves . . . but not sure if our Congresscritters have that much spine.

    Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

    by oscarsmom on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 02:57:14 PM PST

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    •  What if for a compromise (2+ / 0-)
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      oscarsmom, Losty

      We sunsetted the mandates for adults after 5-10 years, leaving mandates in place only for children?  People who are insured will try to stay insured, and if there's a robust public option for them to fall back on, there's our path to single payer.

      •  I saw a similar suggestion: (3+ / 0-)
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        ferg, movie buff, Leap Year

        Mandate up to age 25 with the hope that people will grow up used to having coverage and will continue to buy into the system.

        Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

        by oscarsmom on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:22:27 PM PST

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      •  I would do it the other way (0+ / 0-)

        Phase mandates in, if you have them at all.

        The problem in part is that most households already have a financial budget that does not have a 4- or 5- figure slush fund just lying around. You have to give people time to figure out some way to comply.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:39:30 PM PST

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