When Americans turn 65, they must enroll in Medicare whether they want to or not. The only exception is if you are still working and have health coverage from an employer. Otherwise, you have to enroll in Medicare; there is no other reasonable choice.
Sound familiar? The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" — likewise gives Americans no choice, extending the coverage mandate to everyone, the young included. And like Medicare enrollees, many of those forced to sign up for health insurance by the end of the year will discover their government-mandated coverage saddles them with significant out-of-pocket costs.
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Wohlgemuth is executive director and director for the Center for Health Care Policy with the Texas Public Policy Foundation.firstname.lastname@example.org