PA Senate passes “slacker mandate”

The Pennsylvania Senate today passed by a 50-0 vote a “slacker mandate,” (SB 1453) requiring insurance companies to cover single, childless children of policy holders (at the policy holder’s discretion) up to age 30.

Study after study show that health care mandates drive up the cost of insurance – and this cost is why many go without insurance.  But instead of addressing the cost drivers in health care, proponents of the “slacker mandate” look to more regulation to try and force insurance companies to cover more people – even though slacker mandates fail to do so.