"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."Answer Question
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:54 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 10:02 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?
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:06 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:16 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:21 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Next question overall
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