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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID:
The question is, 'Do I think it will damage the Democrats if the law is overturned?'
You know, you folks read stuff more than I do.
There's a significant school of thought that the administration is -- puts them in a better position for the election if it's turned down.
Now, I think it will be upheld but I don't know but you can read all that stuff as well as I can. Again, I think you're speculating, I don't know.
But back during the 2008 campaign, Obama argued strenuously against the individual mandate. In a debate in South Carolina, he said: "A mandate means that in some fashion, everybody will be forced to buy health insurance. ... But I believe the problem is not that folks are trying to avoid getting health care. The problem is they can't afford it. And that's why my plan emphasises lowering costs."
In February 2008, he said that you could no more solve the issue of the uninsured with an individual mandate than you could cure homelessness by ordering people to buy a home:
If the SCOTUS overturns the mandate, then Private Insurers will scream foul and demand to be released from the requirement to cover people with pre-existing conditions...which is the most overwhelmingly popular portion of the bill.
Then the Dems/Obama administration are in a great position to tell Private Insurers that they are right and they will release them from the mandate, but both the Dems and the American public will need an alternative to cover those folks with pre-existing conditions or with expensive medical conditions.....Medicare available to all...