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Individual Mandate, who's idea?

"Congress has never crossed the line between regulating what people choose to do and ordering them to do it," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). "The difference between regulating and requiring is liberty."

But Hatch's opposition is ironic, or some would say, politically motivated. The last time Congress debated a health overhaul, when Bill Clinton was president, Hatch and several other senators who now oppose the so-called individual mandate actually supported a bill that would have required it.

In fact, says Len Nichols of the New America Foundation, the individual mandate was originally a Republican idea. "It was invented by Mark Pauly to give to George Bush Sr. back in the day, as a competition to the employer mandate focus of the Democrats at the time."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:52 AM on Jan. 25, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123670612


    One reason the individual mandate appealed to conservatives is because it called for individual responsibility to address what economists call the "free-rider effect." That's the fact that if a person is in an accident or comes down with a dread disease, that person is going to get medical care, and someone is going to pay for it.


    "We called this responsible national health insurance," says Pauly. "There was a kind of an ethical and moral support for the notion that people shouldn't be allowed to free-ride on the charity of fellow citizens."

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:52 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • This again? The original "republican mandate" was a feint to counteract a much more draconian democratic plan. The intent was never to pass it, but to simply pull votes away for the ridiculous all encompassing (and stupefyingly expensive) option the Dems were trying to pass. It worked - nobody actually wanted it, but it served its purpose in preventing a much larger disaster, and was then discarded, as it should have been.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:54 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • Link NP

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:55 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • NP, she just doesn't get it. More deflection.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 10:02 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

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    NP, she just doesn't get it. More deflection.

    How is it more deflection? SOmeone insists that republicans used political games and put forth a bill they didn't want passed....I am asking for proof of that claim

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:05 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • What about your link? It doesn't contradict anything I said.  The individual mandate was one of 27 counter proposals to Hillary's plan, all with the intent of derailing it.  Hatch wrote one of those 27 plans that were intended to go nowhere.  So what?

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:06 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • I was asking for proof that they were proposed with no intention of passing...I didn't say you were right or wrong...just asking for a statement or something that says the repubs were just playing games 

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:09 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:16 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • The first link doesn't say that

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:20 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

  • I don't give a flying flip whose idea it was. It is unconstitutional.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:21 AM on Jan. 25, 2011

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