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July 2, 2012

Recovered from the Memory Hole: Sen. Obama Opposed to the Individual Mandate in ‘08

by Stephen Littau

“If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don’t have a house is they don’t have the money.” – Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 Democrat Primary.

A long, long, time ago, way back during the 2008 primaries, then Sen. Barack Obama attacked then Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Edwards for the mandate provisions of their respective healthcare plans. Sen. Obama went on to explain how the RomneyCare mandates were not helping indigents in Massachusetts acquire the healthcare they needed leaving some without health insurance and paying the fine.

Fast forward to the present: President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the so-called Affordable Care Act (A.K.A. ObamaCare, modeled after RomneyCare) is upheld by the Supreme Court, the main question being whether or not the federal government can force mandate individuals to purchase a product. Meanwhile on the Republican side, with about a dozen or so candidates to choose from in the course of the 2012 campaign, Gov. Mitt Romney will be the G.O.P. nominee who pledges to repeal ObamaCare if he is elected the next President of the United States. Mitt Romney, the man behind the very policy that Obama criticized and now embraces at the federal level.

Now isn’t politics fun!

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  • Peter L

    To take the president’s view, just mandating people buy insurance does not solve the problem. The mandate has to be coupled with programs like medicaid which provide the insurance for poor people.

    I don’t know why they didn’t think of this sooner, clearly mandating people buy houses will both solve the homelessness problem and help the housing market. The mandate just has to be coupled with a new program “house-aid” which buys houses for poor people.

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