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#1 posted 04-19-2012 09:58 AM

There is something truly Orwellian in the comatose state of American political conciseness. The Trump’s remarks of course are about individual mandate, which was a Republican idea to begin with, as anyone with attention span in access of 15 minutes clearly remembers.

In the early 90s conservatives in opposition to Clinton’s employer mandate pushed for an individual mandate. The idea was simple and well argued: an individual mandate was a free-market solution that would make people take responsibility for themselves and stop being freeloaders. Constitutionality of the issue was never questioned. Keep in mind that EMTALA passed in 1986 and signed by Reagan required hospitals to provide emergency care to anyone regardless of ability to pay, effectively transferring losses onto the paying customers. Fast forward 25 years and the patriots are up in arms outraged with the government infringing upon freeloader’s right to get free stuff. How dare it!

Prominent individuals who have supported individual healthcare mandate included George H. W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, and of course Mitt Romney, who as recently as in 2009 publicly urged Obama to use it at the national level to control healthcare cost citing its success in doing so in Massachusetts. But forget the politicians. The idea had traction among intellectually honest people as well (in fact it emanated from them). Those included scholars of conservative think tanks such as American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation and of course the icon of laissez-faire economics Milton Friedman himself, who in a Wall Street Journal article called for the “requirement that every U.S. family unit have a major medical insurance policy.” Written in complete sentences and longer than an average bumper sticker I’m pretty sure that one went below the radars of the general public.

So, there. Enjoy Trump’s drivel and the world’s highest costs of healthcare administration. I’m sure the thought that those costs are privately operated is comforting.

Have a nice day.

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