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While we wait

Today will likely bring the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act with most of the attention focused on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.  Here is an argument to consider while we are waiting.

Many states now require passengers in automobiles to wear seat-belts for their own protection. Many others require anybody driving a car to have liability insurance. But neither the federal government nor any state requires all households to protect themselves from the potentially catastrophic costs of a serious accident or illness.  Under the Heritage plan, there would be such a requirement.

That is Heritage as in the Heritage Foundation, arguably the leading right-wing think tank in country. The quote is from the latest issue of the New Yorker in which Ezra Klein traces [1] the evolution of the Republicans’ views of the mandate, an idea that they themselves championed not too many years ago. It’s worth a read.