Re: Rubio Pushing A Constitutional Amendment To Eliminate A GOP Inspired Policy
posted at 6/4/2013 2:16 PM EDT
In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:
"GOP inspired" my...foot.
ObamaCare is Obama's. It has already shown to be a massive failure.
Breaking news: No Republicans voted for ObamaCare. Democrats own it.
Who cares what the Heritage Foundation said in the 1990s, for God's sake. Man up and own this socialist disaster.
Obama defenders sure know how to blame others.
In case anyone’s forgotten, this was a Republican idea in the first place. Nixon embraced the mandate in the 1970s, and George H.W. Bush supported the idea in the 1980s. When Bob Dole endorsed the mandate in 1994, it was in keeping with the party’s prevailing attitudes at the time. Mitt Romney embraced the mandate as governor and it was largely ignored during the 2008 campaign, since it was such a common GOP position.
In recent years, the mandate has been embraced by the likes of John McCain, Orrin Hatch, Bob Bennett, Tommy Thompson, Lamar Alexander, Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Scott Brown, and Judd Gregg, among many others. Indeed, several of them not only endorsed the policy, they literally co-sponsored legislation that included a mandate.
In the summer of 2009, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), one of the leading Republican lawmakers in the talks over health care reform, told Fox News, “I believe that there is a bipartisan consensus to have an individual mandate.” Did Fox News freak out? Did GOP leaders immediately distance themselves from the comments? Was Grassley forced to immediately backpedal? No, none of those things happened. Grassley said there was a bipartisan consensus to have an individual mandate because there was a bipartisan consensus to have an individual mandate.