December 18, 2010

IT'S NOT THE FACT OF A MANDATE BUT THE CONTENT:

Republicans Are Hypocrites on Healthcare Individual Mandate (Laura Chapin, December 17, 2010, US News)

You know, that dastardly individual mandate that was a Republican idea.

It was the individual mandate that Republicans touted as a "personal responsibility" pushback to President Clinton's healthcare reform efforts in the '90s.

The individual mandate that was backed by Republicans from Richard Nixon to Mitt Romney as a free-market solution to controlling healthcare costs--until it was incorporated into healthcare reform by President Obama.

Or as the AP put it back in May, "Republicans were for the individual mandate before they were against it."


Mandate universal HSAs and you've created a health care market. Mandate public health and you create a monopoly. There actually is a difference amongst mandates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2010 5:29 AM
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