2020 Candidate Pete Buttigieg’s plan for Medicare includes the return of one of the most unpopular parts of Obamacare the individual mandate, that punishes individuals who don’t have healthcare.
However, the penalties involved in Buttigieg’s plan are far steeper than with Obamacare and could amount to thousands of dollars for those who choose to remain uninsured.
Per TheFederalist, a Buttigieg presidency means the individual mandate could return and at a much higher price. Matt Bruenig, the head of a left-wing think tank, told the Washington Post that Buttigieg’s individual mandate will be far more expensive than Obama’s individual mandate.
If an individual was uninsured under the Obamacare mandate, he or she was forced to pay a $695 annual fine or 2.5 percent of his or her income, whichever number was higher. According to Bruenig, this price could be far higher under a Buttigieg administration.
“Instead of paying a $695 fine at the end of the year for being uninsured, you are hit with a bill to pay an entire year of premiums that could be ten times that amount. This will be a political nightmare,” Bruenig told the Washington Post. The estimated costs for Buttigieg’s individual mandate, according to the Washington Post, is approximately $7,000 per uninsured individual.
It is ridiculous to claim that Buttigieg is a moderate in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Any attempt to charge individuals upwards of $7,000 per year for being uninsured can’t be labeled moderate. In fact, Buttigieg’s health care plan is just as insane as Sanders’s and Warren’s plans, he’s just trying harder to hide the underlying costs.