California lawmakers seek health insurance mandate

Legislators in California introduced two bills that aim to reinstate an individual mandate requiring all residents to have health insurance, according to the Desert Sun.

The identical bills, introduced in the California Senate and Assembly, would require residents to have health insurance beginning in 2020 or face a tax penalty. Lawmakers introduced the bills in late January and mid-February.

The legislation is an attempt to roll back changes implemented by the Trump administration, which ended the ACA's federal individual mandate beginning in 2019.

While opponents of the the federal mandate argued against requiring everyone to purchase a health plan, supporters of California's bills say the state's health insurance market will become unstable without the mandate, according to the Desert Sun.

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