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canada goose outlet in new york The basic goal of a 2009 health care reform package is to address the problem of 46 million Americans without health insurance through a combined mandate on individuals and employers. The current House bill will cost $1 trillion over 10 years, but will still leave 36 million Americans uninsured, according to the CBO. canada goose outlet in new york

canada goose outlet website legit Based upon the poor performance of mandates in all states in which they have been tried, why is it that policy makers, politicians, and most stakeholders still support the concept of mandates? The basic answer, of course, is money. Insurers see nearly 50 million new enrollees, many uk canada goose subsidized by the government. The drug industry sees new profits for its products. Hospitals and physicians foresee many previously uninsured patients becoming Canada Goose Online insured. And many legislators benefit Canada Goose Coats On Sale from corporate money flowing into their future campaign war chests. canada goose outlet website legit

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