As I mentioned last week, the Supreme Courts is hearing arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act this week. Today is the big day! SCOTUS will hear arguments concerning the constitutionality of the individual mandate part of the law.
I found out something interesting about the individual mandate last night listening to the Rachel Maddow Show. The individual mandate was originally a Republican idea! I'm absolutely serious.
See, back during the Clinton administration, if you recall, Hillary Clinton was trying to get congress to enact a national health care bill. That piece of legislation was different from today's version in that it required employers to provide health care for their employees. The Republicans didn't like the idea of requiring employers to pay for this coverage so they brought up the idea of the individual person being responsible for obtaining insurance instead of employers.
Funny how now that this is President Obama's idea they have changed their tune and are arguing that this is unconstitutional, isn't it?
Even more interesting is that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were 100% behind the idea back in 1993! Now? This article addresses Gingrich's stance (now and then, actually) and this one addresses what Romney has to say now.
I guess it all depends on who comes up with the idea, doesn't it?
Image by Huji and found here