Friday, July 06, 2012

Far right think tanks pushed individual mandate

I read an interesting column today about the Affordable Care Act (referred to by critics as Obamacare). It pointed out that the individual mandate, the heart of Obamacare, was once endorsed by the right-wing think tanks [sic] The American Enterprise Institute and The Heritage Foundation as a way of pre-empting Medicare for All (single payer).

This inconvenient fact illustrates several truths:

1) If far right think tanks endorsed it, then it's a pretty safe bet that the individual mandate is NOT a bridge toward single payer, as Obamacare apologists claim;

2) Democrats are now as far to the right as conservatives used to be;

3) Republicans are now further to the right than Attila the Hun;

4) Serious progressives should have nothing to do with either of them.

But given that ACA apologists seem intent upon 'forgetting' that Obamacare is virtually identical to the plan implemented by his Republican rival, I suspect rationalization and self-deceit will prevent them from realizing #4.

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