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States consider prohibitions against health insurance mandates

Posted On Mon, September 28, 2009

One especially contentious point in the debate over health insurance reform this year has been whether people should be required to purchase coverage as part of whatever package finally emerges from Congress.

However, this debate is not new and it's not confined to the federal government. In 2006, Massachusetts passed its own package of healthcare reforms that included mandates for buying insurance coverage.

Several years later, opinions remain divided on the success of the Massachusetts program, but it has achieved enough attention to be considered a likely part of any national bill that emerges from Congress.

With that in mind, a New York Times report notes that at least ten states are considering proposals that would amend their constitutions to prohibit such mandates. The newspaper notes that this could set up a power struggle between the states and federal government.

According to the Times, Arizona is set to vote on a proposal to ban health insurance mandates next year, while other states are less far along in their own policy debates on the issue.
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