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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Romney changes his rhetoric on mandatory health care

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week on, among other things, whether the 2010 health law can require most Americans to have health insurance starting in 2014.

The so-called individual mandate is the centerpiece of the law, and the conventional wisdom says the rest of the law will crumble if it is found to be unconstitutional.

The idea behind the mandate is to ensure that enough healthy people buy insurance to allow the government to require something much more popular — that insurance companies sell policies to people who have pre-existing health conditions.

Perhaps it's ironic that one of the most articulate spokesmen for the individual mandate is someone who is currently campaigning for the repeal of the federal health law — GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. While he wants the federal law overturned, he does still back the mandate in the law he signed as governor of Massachusetts.

"If someone doesn't have insurance, then we have to care for them in the hospitals, give them free care," Romney said in a debate in Jacksonville, Fla., in January. "So we said no more, no more free riders. We are insisting on personal responsibility. Either get the insurance or help pay for your care. And that was the conclusion that we reached."

So it is that Romney, currently campaigning to repeal the health care law, openly supported mandatory payment for government backed insurance as recently as two months ago.

Source: NPR and AP


Anonymous said...

I think that socialized medicine is something we should look into but the American people don't want to be taxed on it.

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Anonymous said...

Politicians are not to be trusted. Obama just got my vote.

Berenice said...

American people don't want taxed increase because they believe is not worth it.

Anonymous said...

Rhetoric, the greeks would be proud!

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