Policy Documents

Can States Opt Out of the Individual Mandate?

March 24, 2010

In this document, ben Domenech writes that many politicians agree that we must expand access to quality health care and reduce costs for all Virginians. However, that should not be accomplished through an unprecedented federal mandate on individuals that we believe violates the U.S. Constitution.   

But Sen. Ron Wyden is one of the few politicians in either party who understands health care policy, and he's an honest, smart, and hard-working guy. But there are a number of problems with what he is saying here, even if we take it seriously.

Taken as a whole, one thing is clear: a lot of lawyers and judges will be answering these questions in the months and years to come.