The Tortuous History of Conservatives and the Individual Mandate – Forbes. This Forbes.com article provides a history of the “individual mandate:, the component of Obamacare that requires each American purchase health insurance. As the article recounts, the individual mandate was originally a Republican idea design to achieve near-universal health care coverage while maintaining a private health care system. In the early 90’s, House Republicans pushed the individual mandate as the alternative to Hillarycare, which would have implemented a Medicare-style single-payer (i.e. government sponsored) approach to universal health care. It is ironic that the individual mandate, which is now opposed by … Continue reading this post
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