Archive for August 5th, 2011
The Teabaggers are likely to return to their attacks on the Affordable Care Act when they “return to work” after the summer recess. As a help to readers, WC offers the following handy history of health care laws containing an individual health mandate. What’s interesting about the history of health care mandates is that it primarily a Republican idea. (WC has had to tweak the table to get it to look even halfway decent on WordPress. Sorry for the cramped appearance.)
In fact, so far as WC can discover, the whole idea of an individual health care mandate originated with The Heritage Foundation, a very conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., in 1989. So it turns out that it’s not the idea of a crazed liberal crowd of Democrats. See Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans (1.6 MB) , by Stuart M. Butler.
Of course, Republicans can’t be bothered by history, and where it inconveniences them, they ignore it. But still.