Thursday, May 19, 2011

Did Mitch Daniels Support an Individual Healthcare Mandate?

It appears as though Mitch Daniels once supported an individual healthcare mandate. An interesting article in National Review and Huffington Post both cite an old newpaper article which states: 
The candidate [Mitch Daniels] said he favors a universal health care system that would move away from employee-based health policies and make it mandatory for all Americans to have health insurance.
Daniels envisioned one scenario in which residents could certify their coverage when paying income taxes and receive a tax exemption that would cover the cost.
“We really have to have universal coverage,” Daniels said.
Under his plan, Daniels said, the nation could get away from the inefficient and unfair way in which health care is provided to those who are uninsured, many of whom end up in emergency rooms or “at clinics like this one.”
Perhaps this will let some of the air out of the Mitch Daniels '12 bubble that is developing.

As a Romney supporter, I must say that this is good news. Now it appears that virtually every top tier candidate for POTUS in the GOP supported an individual mandate at one time.  With Romney, Gingrich, and Daniels supporting individual mandates at one time, the criticisms of Romney will be limited.

I guess this is what happens when a party flip-flops on its own healthcare policies. The individual mandate was first created by conservatives, but the GOP went back on that policy to fight against Obama's healthcare overhaul in order to score political points.

No comments:

Post a Comment