Republicans have lately been denouncing mandatory health insurance as an unconstitutional assault on personal freedom. However, in the 1990s many of them were actually touting mandatory private health insurance as a "free-market" alternative to government-run health care, as this article illustrates. Even the Heritage Foundation was pushing it, and this partly explains why Obama publicly opposed it during his presidential campaign. There are, of course, plenty of reasons to object to the recent legislation, but this demonstrates, once again, that the GOP is a weak reed on which to rely on matters of individual liberty.
I think I may have been misunderstood in some of my recent posts calling Republicans to account for having favored health insurance mandates and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. It's true that I don't believe that Republican politicians ar... Read More