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Obama Was Against Compulsory Health Insurance, Before He Was For It

posted at 2:40 pm on July 21, 2009 by

The current Democratic House bill on health care includes fines to force people to purchase health insurance, which is consistent with Barack Obama’s current position on mandates. This type of coercion, however, was criticized by Obama during the campaign, when he attacked Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan because Hillary’s plan mandated universal coverage through fines and other mechanisms which forced people to buy coverage:

“The reason she thinks that there are more people covered under her plan than mine, is because of a mandate. It is not a mandate for the government to provide coverage to everybody. It is a mandate that every individual purchase health care. And the mailing that we put out accurately indicates that the main difference between Senator Clinton’s plan and mine is the fact that she would force, in some fashion, individuals to purchase health care ….”

Watch the whole video for Obama’s impassioned criticisms of plans which mandate that people purchase health insurance under threat of fine.

The internet has a long memory, even if the mainstream media does not.

Cross-posted with updates at Legal Insurrection Blog

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