These days, Republicans call it government overreach. Mitt Romney, weighing another run for the GOP presidential nomination, signed such a requirement into law at the state level as Massachusetts governor in 2006. At the time, Romney defended it as "a personal responsibility principle" and Massachusetts' newest GOP senator, Scott Brown, backed it. In the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon favored a mandate that employers provide insurance. In the 1990s, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, embraced an individual requirement. Not anymore.
TPJ: It's so deliciously ironic that Romney (who is considered the Republican front runner for president in 2012 by many expert predictions) was defending the mandate by saying it is a matter of personal responsibility because that's what we Democrats have been saying about a mandate as well!! I really think the Republicans have painted themselves into a corner with all their wild rhetoric. The Democrats might lose a lot of seats in the November election but I think they won't lose a majority.
And now Americans will see the benefits of the law in a tangible way instead of in a theoretical way, which will improve their opinion of the law and this charade will end up backfiring on the Republican party. If they would have just come half-way and helped craft this law then they could have had some influence on it but as it is now they've essentially ceded the health care issue to the Democrats for possibly generations.
Who is going to vote for ending the ban on using pre-existing conditions to deny children health care? Who is going to vote to strip away the prescription drug benefits that seniors will receive, and who is going to vote to end tax breaks for small business owners to help them pay for the health care of their employees? Who is going to vote to maintain the status quo that says children can not stay on their parents health care until their 25? Because that is all in this Obama health care law. If they think they can win an election on that? Good luck.
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