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Is Hillary's Health-Care Mandate Polarizing?

Is Hillary's Health-Care Mandate Polarizing?

On ABC's This Week on Sunday, Hillary Clinton tackled the detail of the mandate function of her health-care plan: specifically, that under her proposal, health care is not optional. Barack Obama has drawn attention to this aspect of Hillary's plan, and she finally answered the question of how she would enforce the mandate. "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

Hillary went on to say that the cost of her health care will be a low, wage-proportionate amount. Paul Krugman wrote a great piece in the New York Times this week comparing Obama and Clinton's health-care plans, singling out this issue as their big policy difference. Will this detail from Clinton, reported after as "wage garnishing," scare off potential supporters? Is the idea of a mandate, the most controversial part of Hillary's plan?


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