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NPA’s Ben Schaefer cites seat belt laws in defense of health reform’s individual mandate

Posted by Adam Thompson February 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Check out the recent op-ed by Ben Schaefer, a cardiologist and member of the NPA Board of Directors, that was published in the Bangor Daily News in Maine. Ben cogently draws a parallel between the necessity of laws requiring seat belt use and the requirement to purchase health insurance that is a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In defending the ACA and its individual mandate, Ben references a Maine state legislator who is using the doctrine of “personal choice” as an argument for weakening the state’s seat belt law, the same justification being used by opponents of the ACA who are trying to repeal it through the courts. Check out Ben’s op-ed here.

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