Nine states are considering the addition of an individual mandate to buy health insurance coverage.

The Hill reports that such a move is underway less than two months after the passage of the tax law also swept away the individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act.

The individual mandate was put in place as a means of keeping the lid on premiums by making everyone have health coverage. Its proponents point out that without it, healthy people tend not to buy coverage, and that causes premiums to increase for people who need insurance the most. Republicans, on the other hand, object to the notion that everyone should be compelled to have health insurance.

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