Republicans have always supported individual mandate until...Obama came along?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by vega07, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. vega07, Jun 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012

    vega07 macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2006
    So from this New Yorker article, the Republicans have always endorsed the individual mandate. In fact, Democrats included the individual mandate in Obamacare to garner Republican support.

    I had no idea!

    How can the Republican party just turn 180 like that in an instant? The article doesn't offer any theories, but one is ever so obvious: to get Obama out of office. But is this really the reason? Is our political system that hopeless?


    ETA: Just a couple more facts I forgot to mention: 1. The individual mandate is actually a Republican idea. 2. Obama originally opposed the mandate.
  2. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    This is typical behaviour of someone who is consumed.
  3. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sorry to say, but that about sums it up.

    It certainly doesn't bode well for us facing future difficult decisions and coming together to solve them ... except when Republicans occupy the office. Then you'll hear all kinds of baloney from them about how important it is to stand by the president.

    It is amazingly pathetic and sad.
  4. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Yep- it's that bad.
  5. mcrain macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2002
    What I find odd is that if the SCOTUS rules against the individual mandate, the education, SS and Medicare/Medicaid reforms proposed by Paul Ryan and the GOP would be unconstitutional as they are basically voucher programs with a mandate.
  6. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Until voters get real and start holding their representatives accountable we are that hopeless. The real problem is that the country is split down the middle. Each half has a different definitions of what is vital and acceptable, and what things our leadership should be held accountable for. It is hopeless.
  7. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2009
    That's not the only issue they have flipped on. They have turned their own backs on their own bills on a number of issues, especially immigration. If Obama is for something, they are automatically against it even if they were for it before!

    Yes. Until there is more of a threat to these people losing their jobs if they do nothing and as long as we keep reelecting the same people to what amounts to life-long terms in congress things will not change.

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