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The Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act in the next two weeks, with most of the attention focused on the individual mandate that requires people to purchase health care if they are not already covered.

The folks on the right continue to howl that the mandate is not only unconstitutional, it represents a Marxist overreach by the government. 

Here is a quote from a presidential candidate who disagrees.

Some of my libertarian friends balk at an individual mandate. But is it libertarian to insist that government pick up the tab for those without insurance or means to pay? An uninsured libertarian might counter that he could refuse the free care, but under law, that is impossible — and inhumane.

That’s not President Obama talking. It is  Mitt Romney just six years ago, in an email making the conservative case for the individual health care mandate that was the foundation of his health care reform plan in Massachusetts.

7 Comments


  1. Frances Jenkins

    June 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Greece, USA, Obama Health Care are all the same.

  2. Alex

    June 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I saw recently among the billions being spent by DHHS on Obamacare health projects was a grant to Georgetown University for a $ 1.7 million health savings research project that was budgeted for $1.9 million. Smart government ! DHHS and Sibelius are throwing away money like it’s going out of style on worthless health studies according to the Wall St. Journal.

  3. Chris Fitzsimon

    June 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

    And yet, not surpisingly, neither of you can say anything about Mitt Romney’s common-sense defense of the individual mandate. Easier to change the subject than face the truth.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    June 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    And you with malice decide to ignore the deficit.

  5. Frank Burns

    June 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Obviously Romney has changed his position, which is a good thing. (When Obama changes his position it’s called evolving) The question you have to ask yourself is why is the American public overwhelmingly against Obamacare? I believe the answer is the public understands how the easily the government can screw up something. They always start with best intentions, then it grows and grows, inserts itself more and more into our lives until it becomes unaffordable and oppressive.

  6. david esmay

    June 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Really Frank, Medicare is run far more efficiently and with less administrative costs than say, United Health Care. Alex, so they’re spending money on a study, how much have GOP congressmen thrown away, say on the new strike fighter? Billions on top of billions. Frances, let’s see, I’m really speechless, Greece, USA, ACA, and the deficit, stream of conscience non-sense. You really need to pick up a book and cut back on the 24 hours of Fox. I suggest “Liar’s Poker”, “The Big Short”, “The Smartest Guys in the Room”, and “The Age of Ignorance”. Take ’em to the beach and enjoy.

  7. Frank Burns

    June 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    David,
    Really? What about all of the fraud in Medicare? Forgot about that one didn’t you?

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