Politics & Government

January 11, 2010 6:42 AM

Mandatory health insurance becomes an issue

The so-called individual mandate, a centerpiece of the sweeping effort to overhaul the country's health care system, seemed a non-issue during most of the early debate just months ago, but in recent weeks it has emerged as another obstacle in the effort to pass legislation providing health insurance to millions of Americans who lack it. Groups of people on both the right and the left ends of the political spectrum are objecting to proposals in Congress that would compel nearly every American to buy health insurance or face a fine.

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