It would be funny were it not so pathetic- the moral outrage from the right that Obamacare is a “tax”. And that it “forces” americans to buy a product from a private company.
As I blogged months ago, the individual mandate was a republican idea. Obama wanted a single payer system- much like those evil communist/marxist/facist countries the United Kingdom and Australia have.
But of course the individual mandate has long been a preresiquite for any GOP support of healthcare reform. Indeed, their presidential candidate had been the only one to propose and sign such a thing into law- with glowing support from ranking republicans and heavyweight conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation.
I have seriously started to wonder if maybe obama should propose banning abortion, locking up all gays, mandating the death penalty for drug users, eliminating the IRS and all taxes… either the GOP would violently oppose these measures and ram contrary laws through congress, or their heads would explode – either outcome which I could deal with.