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.