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Obama: Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance ‘Should Not Be Controversial’

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:35 AM
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(CNSNews.com) – On his three-day economic bus tour of the Midwest, President Barack Obama said the federal health care law’s individual mandate, which requires every American to purchase health insurance, “should not be controversial.”

To date, 26 states have sued the federal government, arguing that the individual mandate is unconstitutional because the U.S. Constitution does not grant Congress the power to require Americans to purchase a good or service.

“Here’s the problem – if an insurance company has to take you, has to insure you, even if you’re sick but you don’t have an individual mandate, then what would everybody do? They would wait until they get sick and then you’d buy health insurance, right?” Obama told an audience at the first stop of his bus tour in Cannon Falls, Minnesota on Monday.

“The basic theory is, look, everybody here at some point or another is going to need medical care and you can’t be a free rider on everybody else. You can’t not have health insurance then go to the emergency room and each of us, who have done the responsible thing and have health insurance, suddenly we have to pay the premiums for you. That’s not fair.”

Obama continued, “So if you can afford it, you should get health insurance just like you get car insurance. This should not be controversial but it has become controversial partly because of people’s view that – well, let me just say this, you’ve got a governor who’s running for president right now who instituted the exact same thing in Massachusetts.”

Referring to the health care law signed into law by former Governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, Obama also said, “This used to be a Republican idea by the way, this whole idea of the individual mandate and suddenly some, it’s like they got amnesia, it’s like, ‘oh, this is terrible, this is going to take away freedom for Americans all over the world, all over the country’ so that’s a little puzzling.”

 

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama Speaks At Cannon Falls, Minn.

When campaigning against then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Obama argued against an individual health insurance mandate.

 

“Both of us want to provide health care to all Americans. There’s a slight difference, and her plan is a good one. But, she mandates that everybody buy health care. She’d have the government force every individual to buy insurance and I don’t have such a mandate because I don’t think the problem is that people don’t want health insurance, it’s that they can’t afford it,” Obama said in a Feb. 28, 2008 appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' television show.

“So, I focus more on lowering costs. This is a modest difference. But, it’s one that she’s tried to elevate, arguing that because I don’t force people to buy health care that I’m not insuring everybody. Well, if things were that easy, I could mandate everybody to buy a house, and that would solve the problem of homelessness. It doesn’t."

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-individual-health-insurance-mandat

by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:35 AM
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stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Seriously no no no no no

Just because I do not have health insurance and go to the emergency room does not mean everyone else pays for me. My medical bills are far less than what insurance would cost me and I would have to pay that insurance for a year before they would cover anything I need it for.

rachel226
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM

 "You can’t not have health insurance then go to the emergency room and each of us, who have done the responsible thing and have health insurance, suddenly we have to pay the premiums for you. That’s not fair.”

That sounds kind of like what a lot of people have been saying about the welfare system. But the other people say we're heartless for not wanting to take care of the poor and lazy. (Not all welfare recipients are lazy, but a lot are.)

Twisted.Jester
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Its socialist and unconstitutional....but it shouldn't be controversial...oh no no no!

Twisted.Jester
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

The fair thing to do though is not to force people to buy health insurance, its a FREE country.  The fair thing to do is to make the people who refuse to buy health insurance pay their medical bills.  And some (as Stormcris posted) choose to do just that.  And that is her choice in a free country.  But this country becomes less free everyday.

I don't think Stormcris, or anyone, should be forced to buy insurance because the Government insists on mandating that hospitals provide free care or the Government continues to sponsor care.  That is making US pay for their stupid decisions, yet again.

Quoting rachel226:

 "You can’t not have health insurance then go to the emergency room and each of us, who have done the responsible thing and have health insurance, suddenly we have to pay the premiums for you. That’s not fair.”

That sounds kind of like what a lot of people have been saying about the welfare system. But the other people say we're heartless for not wanting to take care of the poor and lazy. (Not all welfare recipients are lazy, but a lot are.)

 

"The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."  --Thomas Jefferson


Twisted.Jester
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

 Oh, and what Obama ALWAYS neglects to mention is that for all those young healthy people that are supposed to balance out the cost of the system by being forced to buy in.....well the penalties for them NOT buying are cheaper than the insurance....so yeah, they still aren't going to buy in and the system is financially doomed before it even starts.

Making people pay a fine for NOT buying insurance....taxing them for NOT spending their OWN money on something the Government mandates....is so unconsitutional he may was well wipe his ass with the paper its written on.

"The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."  --Thomas Jefferson


celestegood
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

goodHe's got my vote!

Twisted.Jester
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

And this is the problem....more and more people are FINE with the Government telling them where they should spend their money.

When the Government tells you what food to buy, where you can buy a car, etc....all under the mask of "the common good" I am sure you will still be thumbs upping.

Quoting celestegood:

goodHe's got my vote!

 

"The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."  --Thomas Jefferson


stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Good point.

Quoting Twisted.Jester:

 Oh, and what Obama ALWAYS neglects to mention is that for all those young health people that are supposed to balance out the cost of the system by being forced to buy in.....well the penalties for them NOT buying are cheaper than the insurance....so yeah, they still aren't going to buy in and the system is financially doomed before it even starts.

Making people pay a fine for NOT buying insurance....taxing them for NOT spending their OWN money on something the Government mandates....is so unconsitutional he may was well wipe his ass with the paper its written on.


Everyone is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will think it is stupid.
rachel226
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

 Sarcasm?

Quoting celestegood:

goodHe's got my vote!

 

TwinmomAlicia
by Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM
Wow, did he really think people would not notice that he changed his tune and is completely contradicting himself?
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