GAO Report Outlines Alternatives To Individual Mandate

Merrill Goozner

First published 3/29/11 on Gooz News

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who faces a tough re-election battle in 2012, raised hackles among health care reform supporters in early February when he told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that “we need to find an alternative” to the individual mandate, which requires that the uninsured buy coverage once the state-based health insurance exchanges are up and running after 2014. With that mandate under legal assault by governors, state attorneys general and conservative activists at least 20 states, including Nebraska, it appeared the Blue Dog Democrat, who voted for reform, was moving to his right in an effort to shore up his electoral base.

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