As a candidate, then-Sen. Obama bashed his rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, for proposing that Americans be mandated to have health insurance.
“She’d have the government force you to buy health insurance,” he said Feb. 23, 2008. “I disagree with that approach. I believe that the reason Americans don’t have health care isn’t because no one’s forced them to buy it, it’s because no one’s made it affordable.”
But now the president is acknowledging that his thinking on the issue has “evolved” and he could support a law mandating that individuals purchase health care coverage, with fines for those who do not.
Obama stressed that there must be some kind of waiver for those who are simply unable to afford it.
“People have made some pretty compelling arguments to me that if we want to have a system that drives down costs for everybody, then we’ve got to have healthier people not opt out of the system,” the president told ABC News.
As he notes, in order for this system to work–to actually drive down costs–you have to include healthy people as well as the sick–everyone is forced into the plan. Many of these healthy people do not have health insurance or carry insurance with really high deductibles because they are healthy and do not need it.
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