Economist and blogger Glen Whitman has an excellent article in the latest Cato Policy Report on the latest fad in health policy: requiring people to purchase health insurance, a.k.a. an "individual mandate." Hillary, Arnold, Mitt, John . . . the kids, they just love this individual mandate! If you read only one article on the topic, let this be it.
Whitman adds a post-script to that article in a recent post:
Something I don't mention in the article is why some free-market types support the individual mandate. In short, I think the reason is that they have given too little attention to the political dynamics of such a mandate, instead naively assuming that the mandate could be crafted once-and-for-all in a wise and lobbying-resistant fashion.