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Subject:  Re: Obama's Secret Plan to Steal Your 401k Date:  2/7/2013  3:07 PM
Author:  1poorguy Number:  1858398 of 2204220

He meant from a federal level. States can do what they like.

That was what Romney said when asked about "Romneycare" vs "Obamacare". That seemed a pretty weak argument, then and now.

But the Feds can do what they like too. And the states often don't like it (see, for example, abolition of slavery, integration of schools, invalidation of Jim Crow). The Civil War pretty much decided that "state's rights" are extremely limited.

Perhaps someone here remembers, but I do seem to recall within the past 20 years that a Republican candidate DID back Romney/Obamacare while campaigning for POTUS. I'm thinking it was in the 90s with the Clintons making health care an issue that cycle. One of the GOP candidates proposed the Heritage Foundation plan, or a variant of it. Didn't go anywhere, obviously. But if my memory is correct, that further invalidates the OP's assertion.

This is all I can find quickly:

The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that has been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s failed health care overhaul in the 1990s.


In the early 1970s, President Nixon favored a mandate that employers provide insurance. In the 1990s, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, embraced an individual requirement.

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