Back in 2006, Massachusetts went the route of requiring all state residents to buy health insurance. Those who could not afford it would get help from the state to buy low-cost options. Those who did not comply would be fined. This morning, NPR reported that the effort has created a new market for unscrupulous insurance companies. In some cases, companies sell cheap policies to Massachusetts residents, but the policies do not meet state requirements, so low-income, struggling residents are out what they paid for the insurance, they can still be fined by the state, and they still don’t have reliable coverage.
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