An Individual Mandate for Collective Well-Being

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), known informally as health care reform, is a 906 page bill likely to be codified into thousands of pages of rules and regulations in each state. Those metrics are important to note because it situates a context around the component of the bill currently under legal scrutiny in courts. Section 1501, also known as the Individual Mandate, comprises all of 9 pages in the Act and calls for nearly all Americans to secure the minimum essential health insurance coverage beginning in 2014.

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