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Van Hollen Comments on Proposed Health Care Penalty Changes

July 6th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Republicans are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s mandate forcing nearly all Americans to pay a tax if they don’t have health insurance. But they’ve also  proposed a new penalty of their own for people who go without coverage: a six-month waiting period. Under a provision added last week to the Senate GOP’s health-care bill, an individual who is uninsured for more than 63 days would have to wait half a year to gain new health coverage. Like Obamacare’s mandate tax, the waiting period is a punishment designed to encourage people to maintain insurance coverage rather than wait until they get sick to purchase a plan and drive up costs for everyone else. Most democrats prefer keeping the Obama Care mandate part of the plan, including Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen…


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