The President’s new health care bill does not include a public option, but it does increase the maximum penalty for failure to comply with the mandate to buy health insurance, which rises from 2% to 2.5% of annual income (PDF).
But for months now, polling has shown that a mandate with no public option is an extremely unpopular combination. The annual penalty for failure to comply makes it even more unpopular in swing districts.
I’m uncertain how this is supposed to sway nervous Democrats in the House to vote for the bill. Jon Cohen writes about possible outcomes of the President’s health care summit today, and agrees that the problem is no longer the Senate, but is, instead, the House:
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