News from without the furor – Los Angeles Times:

The linchpin of the healthcare reforms championed by President Obama is the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance,  a rule that could be overturned by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruling, expected Thursday, will decide whether requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, as critics claim. The rule has been fiercely debated in the United States, but a similar rule requiring people to be insured has long been in place in Switzerland without the furor.

The Swiss government started requiring residents to buy health insurance from competing providers in 1996, as part of a federal law aimed at controlling costs and ensuring equitable coverage. Switzerland feared that under its old system, tied to employers, people were staying with jobs they didn’t want just for the health coverage, holding its economy back.

The Swiss system is seen as the closest analogue internationally to the Affordable Care Act. (……….. continues on without the furor – Los Angeles Times.

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