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February 1, 2011

Quote of the Day: Mandating Change Edition

by Stephen Littau

In 2008, a U.S. senator made a very good point in arguing against government mandates for individuals to purchase health insurance:

“[I]f a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.”

Who was the senator who said this? Answer below the fold.

If your answer is Barack Obama, you are correct. Nearly three years ago from today during the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Obama made the above statement. The Illinois senator went even further criticizing RomneyCare a few weeks later:

“In some cases, there are people [in Massachusetts] who are paying fines and still can’t afford [health insurance], so now they’re worse off than they were . . . They don’t have health insurance, and they’re paying a fine . . .”

This (page 76, footnote 30) was pointed out in Judge Vinson’s ruling which found the individual mandate section of ObamaCare – and thus the law in its entirety (there was no severability clause) unconstitutional.

Hat Tip: Boortz

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