The Individual Mandate Is Obamacare’s Linchpin

Last week, when the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Obamacare’s mandate that everyone buy health insurance is unconstitutional, it paved the way for a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court. For the first time, the mandate was struck down separately from the rest of the health-reform law, raising the possibility that we could be left with the behemoth but without its controversial head.

It is clear to me that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. But removing it while leaving the rest of the law intact would make things much worse for doctors, patients, and insurance companies alike.

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