Scenario 1: Individual Mandate Upheld
According to an Urban Institute analysis, about 8% of the total population, or 26.3 million uninsured Americans will be required to get health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. With the individual mandate in place, here's how the study breaks that number down:
The catch is that is that although only a relatively small number would be affected by keeping the individual mandate requirement, "the overall benefit to the population would be large," explained the Urban Institute's Linda J. Blumberg in a press statement.
"Insurance markets would be more stable and the premiums for insurance that people buy themselves would be 10% to 20% lower than without a mandate."