Massachusetts Makes Health Insurance Mandatory

Massachusetts is “experimenting” with mandatory health insurance, according to the Dr. Judy Ann Bigby, the commonwealth’s secretary of Health and Human Services. Under a new law that went into effect July 1, Massachusetts citizens are required to obtain health insurance or face a penalty. NPR has an interview with Dr. Bigby where she explains the experimental nature of the project and its stated goals.

Especially amusing is the part where she’s asked to explain the fact that the fines employers face for not offering health care to their workers are so low as to be pointless, while the fines employees face for not obtaining health care are..well, harder to ignore.

Hey, nothing is perfect, especially not government work, right?

What do you guys think of Mass’s experiment?

Massachusetts Makes Health Insurance Mandatory [NPR]
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