But officials point out that change could severely impact the insurance pool. The individual mandate was added to the law to make sure that healthy individuals buy insurance so that it can be affordable for sicker beneficiaries. If only older consumers or those with medical problems were to enroll in the marketplace plans, they would quickly become too expensive.
The health law will be the focus on several upcoming hearings on Capitol Hill where administration officials and others involved with the website are expected to face tough questioning from Republicans.
On Thursday, the contractors behind healthcare.gov are scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Oct. 29, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner is scheduled to appear before the House Ways and Means Committee to discuss the health law rollout and on Oct. 30 Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to appear before the House Energy and Commerce panel.
Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Wed, Oct 23 2013