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RAND Study: Ending Individual Mandate Would Cut Coverage, Hike Government’s Costs
Insurance Journal

Eliminating the federal mandate in the new healthcare law that every individual carry health insurance would sharply lower the number of people gaining coverage, but would not dramatically increase the cost of buying policies through new insurance exchanges, a new study finds.

The number of Americans predicted to get coverage in 2016 under the new law would drop from 27 million to 15 million if the individual mandate were eliminated.