health insurance


Definition of health insurance

: insurance against loss through illness of the insured especially : insurance providing compensation for medical expenses

Examples of health insurance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires Americans to buy health insurance, in a 2012 decision written by Roberts. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, ""Not our job": Roberts, Kavanaugh appear skeptical of striking down Obamacare at Supreme Court," 10 Nov. 2020 After upholding the health care law in 2012 and 2015, the court was faced with a new Republican challenge stemming from Congress' elimination in 2017 of the tax imposed on consumers who refuse to buy health insurance. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "We're looking at you, Georgia 👀," 10 Nov. 2020 Chief Justice John Roberts saved ObamaCare in 2012 by defining the mandate to buy health insurance as a tax. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Supreme Misjudgment on ObamaCare," 10 Nov. 2020 That’s because the Affordable Care Act affects more than merely the market for individual health insurance. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Supreme Court Obamacare case centers on technicalities, but much more is at stake," 10 Nov. 2020 Chief Justice John Roberts provided the crucial swing vote in that 2012 decision, saying the law was constitutional because the requirement that people buy health insurance was backed up by a penalty that amounted to a legal tax. Tal Kopan,, "Amy Coney Barrett sidesteps Dianne Feinstein’s questions on Affordable Care Act," 14 Oct. 2020 The individual mandate penalty for those who do not buy health insurance was eliminated as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden falsely claims Amy Coney Barrett 'said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act'," 12 Oct. 2020 Because veterinary treatment can be expensive, an increasing number of consumers buy health insurance for their pets. Kevin Brasler, Star Tribune, "Finding quality medical care for your pet that won't drain your savings," 2 Oct. 2020 Barrett questioned John Roberts' reasoning that Congress' constitutional power to tax gave it authority to pass most of the law's provisions, especially the IRS penalty on individuals who didn't buy health insurance. Arkansas Online, "Biden to Dems: Focus on health care, not court expansion," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of health insurance

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of health insurance was in 1901

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26 Nov 2020

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“Health insurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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Medical Definition of health insurance

: insurance against loss through illness of the insured especially : insurance providing compensation for medical expenses

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Legal Definition of health insurance

: insurance against loss through illness or injury of the insured especially : insurance providing compensation for medical expenses and often income for disability

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