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But the idea of an individual health insurance mandate later appeared in two bills introduced by Republican lawmakers in 1993, according to the non-partisan research group ProCon.org. Among the supporters of the bills were senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who today oppose the mandate under current law.
The mandate, requiring every American to purchase health insurance, appeared in a 1989 published proposal by Stuart M. Butler of the conservative Heritage Foundation called "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans," which included a provision to "mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance."
In 2007, a bi-partisan Senate bill authored by Senators Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, contained a mandate
In 2009, however, Republican senators declared such a provision “unconstitutional.”
“With regards to the individual mandate, the individual responsibility program that I proposed, I was very pleased that the compromise between the two houses includes the personal responsibility mandate. That is essential for bringing the health care costs down for everyone and getting everyone the health insurance they need," Romney says in the video.
Originally posted by ErEhWoN
So it's a CONSERVATIVE idea?!?! As in the GOP? Tea Party conservative?
NEVER make that erroneous generalization again, please. identifying the GOP as being synonymous with Conservatives is akin to saying Westboro Baptist Church is synonymous with Christianity. The GOP may claim to be the keepers of Conservatism, but they ceased being that years ago.