An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique.
(.) While foreclosure has gained an especially negative connotation since millions of Americans lost their homes during the recession’s subprime mortgage debacle, buying a HUD home can be a positive experience as well as a great deal.
We reserve the right to remove posts that do not follow these basic guidelines: comments must be relevant to the topic of the post; may not include profanity, personal attacks or hate speech; may not promote a business or raise money; may not be spam. The PBS News Hour reserves the right to read on the air and/or publish on its website or in any medium now known or unknown the comments or emails that we receive.
Congress lawfully could enact a general tax to pay for these subsidies or it could create a tax credit for those who buy health insurance, but that would require Congress to "pay for" or budget for the subsidies in a conventional manner.
The sponsors of the current bills are attempting, through the personal mandate, to keep the transfers entirely off budget or--through the gimmick of unconstitutional taxes or penalties they dub "shared responsibility payments"--make these transfers appear to be revenue-enhancing.