Posts tagged ‘individual mandate’

July 13, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Unpopular Mandate

An interesting article tracing the evolution of the Republican Party’s love-hate relationship with the individual mandate from their 20 years supporting it to their paradigm shift as it became part of the Democrats’ health care reform.

On March 23, 2010, the day that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act  into law, fourteen state attorneys general filed suit against the law’s  requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance, on the ground that it  was unconstitutional. It was hard to find a law professor in the country who  took them seriously. “The argument about constitutionality is, if not frivolous,  close to it,” Sanford Levinson, a University of Texas law-school professor, told  the McClatchy newspapers.

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June 9, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Health Care After the Supreme Court Ruling

LATER this month, the Supreme Court will rule on the Obama administration’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act, deciding whether to uphold or strike down the entire law, or to keep some provisions.  No matter the decision, the political ramifications in this election year will be big.

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April 3, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Why Conservatives Shouldn’t Gloat Yet

Conservative intellectuals are feeling giddy. Last week they feasted on the veritable mauling of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli by the Supreme Court’s five conservative justices. (In truth, Verrilli was only questioned by four of the conservatives—Justice Clarence Thomas, true to form, didn’t speak. But we know where his vote lies.) I tell the students in my class at the City College of New York that “five” is the most powerful number in the nation. For as we have seen, five votes on the Supreme Court can pick a president—voters notwithstanding—and five votes could redefine our understanding of Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution—precedents notwithstanding. So maybe the conservative celebration is merited. Yet it is also plausible that an element of hubris has overtaken the right.

Because, in this moment of conservative glee, there are a few things—indisputable facts—that should not be forgotten,

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April 2, 2012

No Mandate? New Strategy…The Public Option

This past week witnessed the long anticipated, commencement and culmination of the Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Health Care Act’s constitutionality. Each of the three days brought endless speculative predictions as to how the justices will vote and how their decisions will impact the law, the health care system, the President and his reelection.

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March 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: GOP support for Individual Mandate in their words

If one were to remove all the partisanship restraining effective policy, the public could take solace in the realization their leaders could reach compromise and address the issues facing this country.

 

Read more and see a full list of the legislators who previously supported an individual mandate.