Deadline Decisions by Martha Bebinger

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BOSTON, Mass. - June 29, 2007 - On Sunday, Massachusetts becomes the first state in the US, and the third government in the world, to require that most adults have health insurance.

Ron Norton hopes to lead a Boston Tea Party style rebellion against the state's Health Insurance Mandate.

About 60,000 people, who earn too much to qualify for subsidized coverage but not enough to buy it on their own, will be exempt.

But everyone else will face a penalty if they don't have insurance by the end of the year. WBUR's Martha Bebinger checks in with a few uninsured residents to find out what they are doing about the deadline.

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