American Journal of Law & Medicine
healthcare, Obamacare, individual mandate, preventive care
Obamacare's individual mandate, minimum coverage requirements, elimination of cost-sharing for preventive care, and minimum medical loss ratios work together to decrease patients' decision costs, steering patients to particular choices that Congress deemed most efficient. If those regulations succeed in improving the efficiency of patients' healthcare and insurance choices, then the resulting demand-side forces can help to decrease prices. This brief Essay does not attempt to evaluate the regulations' success; it merely highlights the cost-control implications of Obamcare's demand-side measures, noting that discussions of cost control should not focus exclusively on the statute's supply-side effects.
Moncrieff, Abigail R. and Padi, Manisha, "Beyond Payment and Delivery Reform: The Individual Mandate’s Cost-Control Potential" (2014). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 1280.