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Letter of the Month: Obamacare's conservative origins

August's Letter of the Month is from Ian MacFarlane of St. Petersburg, who wrote about the conservative origins of Obamacare:

DeMint: Stop Obamacare now | Aug. 22

Obamacare's conservative origins

Jim DeMint should be ashamed of himself, as should the Heritage Foundation and every Republican who calls Obamacare socialism. The Affordable Care Act was a Republican plan, created by the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1989 and touted by Republicans all through the 1990s.

The essence of Obamacare is a three-legged stool of regulation and subsidies: community rating, requiring insurers to make the same policies available to everyone regardless of health status; an individual mandate, requiring everyone to purchase insurance so that healthy people don't opt out; and subsidies, to keep insurance affordable for those with lower incomes.

The original Heritage plan from 1989 had all these features.

Newt Gingrich, in 2005 during an interview on NPR, said:

"Our goal has to be for 100 percent of the country to be in the insurance system. So that means finding ways through tax credits and through vouchers so that every American can buy insurance, including, I think, a requirement that if you're above a certain level of income, you have to either have insurance or post a bond." He described the very basis for Obamacare.

Do Republicans think we are all unable to separate fact from propaganda? That's partly why they lost in 2012 and are likely to do again in 2016.

Ian MacFarlane, St. Petersburg

Letter of the Month: Obamacare's conservative origins 09/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 4:11pm]

    

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