The movement to expand government-run health care continues apace. No sooner had one think tank published a paper calling for the return of an individual mandate at the federal level than the liberal Commonwealth Fund published a paper, released on Friday, calling for states to impose their own Obamacare-style mandates at the state level.
However, the paper proves most interesting for what it tacitly admits. Over time, Commonwealth believes that more and more people will purchase coverage solely due to a government order—because health costs and premiums will continue to rise. Because Obamacare failed to control health costs, more and more individuals will purchase health coverage only under the threat of government-imposed taxation. That’s Commonwealth’s version of health “reform.”
Ironically, the report comes on a week when Congress took steps to undo one state-level mandate before it ever takes effect. I had noted earlier this week that Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), in response to my reporting on the District of Columbia’s health insurance mandate, proposed an amendment to the DC appropriations bill defunding the measure.