Healthcare reform law: What's the big deal?

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Author(s) William Leach
Source Los Angeles Times
Date October 7, 2011
Quotes-start.png This is the part of the debate that I find so curious. There is nothing novel or coercive about linking taxes to the purchase of specific types of goods or services. As any taxpayer probably knows, there are many tax provisions that raise or lower your tax bill depending on what you have bought and what you have elected not to buy. "Obamacare" is unusual, perhaps even unique, in that it uses a penalty to encourage a purchase. Usually we use penalties to discourage a purchase and subsidies to encourage a purchase. Quotes-end.png

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This item argues against the position Act should not have been passed on the topic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.