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AT Debates: Elimination of individual mandate impact on CA health insurance exchange

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Neal Dunn arrive at a news briefing after a House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol the day of the House vote on the tax bill.
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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (2nd L), House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) (L) arrive at a news briefing after a House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol December 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The House of Representatives is on track to pass the GOP tax plan today and the Senate is expected to vote this evening.

The House of Representatives is on track to pass the GOP tax plan today and the Senate is expected to vote this evening.

The bill includes repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, has suggested that California impose a state mandate to make up for lost costs. It would be difficult policy to pass, even in California.

How would the nixing of the individual mandate affect Covered California? Once the individual mandate is gone, how many younger and healthier Californians will drop coverage? Will you still buy health insurance?

Guests:

Avik Roy, president of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a non-profit think tank; opinion editor at Forbes and former policy advisor to Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney

Laurel Lucia, director of the Health Care Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, where she has consulted for Covered California on issues related to ACA implementation

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