Skip to comments.1994 Report: Santorum supported individual mandate [rubbish!]
Posted on 01/27/2012 4:52:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Rick Santorum supported the idea of "requir[ing] individuals to buy health insurance" when he ran for U.S. Senate in 1994, according to a local feature article comparing the candidates during that election cycle.
"Santorum and [his opponent] would require individuals to buy health insurance rather than forcing employers to pay for employee benefits," The Morning Call (Pa.) reported in 1994. The Morning Call noted that Santorum had also called for a MediSave account and had opposed so-called "sin" taxes.
If true, the distinction between requiring people to buy health insurance and an individual mandate might be lost on the voters who have heard Santorum excoriate Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their support of the individual mandate -- which, in Gingrich's case, dates back to the early 90s.
The Morning Call does not quote Santorum making comments supportive of an individual mandate, or quote any other candidates in the piece, which attempts to summarize several candidates' positions on health care.
another hit piece
Santorums suggestion does not call for universal forcing on the population of govt insurance whose bureaucrats then control their life or death decisions on treatment with no appeal
“and had opposed so-called “sin” taxes.”
well, that’s good. He’s not that Huckabeeish
I watched Santorum’s 1994 Senate campaign and his fearless and unapologetic destruction of Harris Wofford in the debates, and I do not remember him propsing an indivudual mandate.
I don’t support an individual mandate, but they need to couple that stand with a Federal law that allows healthcare providers to refuse to treat someone if they don’t have the means to pay. Telling hospitals you have to treat anyone and pass the costs on to the rest of us is nuts.
Romney is a snake, masquerading as a conservative. He would do more to destroy conservativism by winning than by losing. As President, he would be impotent, just as he was as governor of Massachusetts. The public will confuse Romney with being a conservative and move away from the idea of conservatism without realizing that Romney is a fraud.
This Newt supporter will not vote for Romney—period.
Mitt Romney supported the idea of “requiring individuals to buy health insurance” while he is running for the GOP nomination in 2011, according to Mitt Romney.
2012. It’s still the first month of the new year, you know.
Willard's opposition research hacks are back at it today.
Tricky word "require". Does it mean by force or by necessity, and no way to tell from this context. I bet the original journalist-idiot didn't care, and just spat their 1500 words out that day. Santorum probably meant by necessity, since he seems to at least be honest about rights. (Yes, I liked his Why and How lesson last night, and prefer him, but I'll happily vote for Newt (and Rubio VP???) if Santorum does not succeed.
Romney will do anything, say anything to get what he wants. It’s all about money and power. Not any different than BO and the American sheeple are following along yet again.
Because he did not
Another hit piece on Santorum
Top of page two on the web page. The Romnbots probably had woodies all night after finding that.
That is why the left adopted the phrase "individual mandate" to describe their plans after that. It was a means to adopt the right's language, but distort it into redistribution.
The concept of an insurance mandate has a conservative pedigree, so its not really surprising that Rick Santorum expressed support for it at some time.
That makes him less likeable in my opinion, if that’s even possible. Of course, the media outlets doing Mitt’s bidding right now are the same ones that will be targeting him once he’s the nominee.
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