The standoff between Massachusetts regulators and health insurance companies intensified yesterday, as most insurers stopped offering new coverage to small businesses and individuals, and state officials demanded that the insurers post updated rates online and resume offering policies by Friday…People seeking to buy health insurance for the first time, or customers looking to change policies, found they could not do so.

Mass. health insurers halt new coverage offers – The Boston Globe

There’s a mandate to buy insurance. There’s not a mandate that insurance companies sell insurance. They can’t deny anyone coverage, but they can just not sell new policies. Big difference…

Again, “we live in the future."