Santorum Wanted Mandates 1994? Local Paper Claims it – Video Disputes It: Republicans Prepare to Repeal Replace ObamaCare

The Washington Examiner linked to a 1994 news article, not quoting Rick Santorum, but saying Santorum supported healthcare mandates in 1994. The Daily Caller provides the 1994 video below disputing that position – a polar opposite. Santorum was just as strong then as he is today on the issue of mandates.

From David at KatyPundit, an article at The Hill detailing the House Republican plan-in-the-works to address ObamaCare immediately upon the Supreme Court decision, whichever way it comes down. If the Constitution is relied upon, we know the mandate will be gone, and if the mandate is gone, ObamaCare cannot stand by itself. No mandate, no funding.

Republicans have made good on their promise to try to repeal Obama’s healthcare law, but the “replace” part of their “repeal and replace” strategy has proved more difficult. Pitts said Republicans will be ready for the opening a Supreme Court ruling will provide — no matter what the justices decide…

The Republican plan will not preserve one of Obama’s most politically popular reforms: the requirement that insurers cover people who have pre-existing conditions. Some Republicans have said in the past that it would be difficult to walk away from that provision. But Pitts said the GOP will instead propose state-based pools in which the government would take over the cost of the sickest, most expensive patients, rather than requiring private insurers to cover them.

The rest of the plan Pitts outlined draws from long-standing GOP priorities. It will include limits on medical malpractice suits and allow the sale of insurance across state lines, Pitts said, while also expanding the use of health savings accounts.

If the court strikes down the law’s individual mandate, or the entire law, the GOP can present its plan as an alternative. If the court upholds the mandate, renewed attention to the issue could still give Republicans an election-season opening to argue that they have a concrete agenda on healthcare.

“We’ll have a window of opportunity with everyone looking to explain that the Affordable Care Act is not fully implemented yet. … We’ll use that opportunity and that window to discuss the full ramifications of the Affordable Care Act,” Pitts said. Source The Hill

Remember before the 2010 elections, when Republican candidates promised to send repeal legislation to the president once a week? Remember the talk of defunding ObamaCare. Those believing we cannot repeal it, do you also believe we cannot defund it? Remember Newt saying ‘yes we can repeal IF we elect a House, a Senate and a White House committed to doing so.’

Think about it: how fallacious is the thought that Congress cannot repeal a law they passed. It’s false thinking. What cannot be completely done away with, will not be done away with because some fear the voters at the ballot box. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter what laws are already in place.


Rick Santourm 1994 – Against Health Care Mandates (video)

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  • Thank you for posting this! Santorum was right 18 years ago, and he is right now. Mitt is not being honest, and Newt cannot be trusted on this issue. Health care and health insurance are far too expensive BECAUSE of the governments involvement, and asking the government to become more involved (Obummer-care) is a recipe for disaster. If the government removed barriers to market for health care providers and health insurers and allowed states to compete with one another (instead of protecting state monopolies and oligopolies as they currently do); then competition will go up and costs will go down. People with have more choice and more freedom. Why is the left always AGAINST choice? The answer is simple: because the left is comprised of statists, socialists, and Marxists.

    • NYDivide, Choice doesn’t give anyone power except those in power, so mandates fit the agenda. Santorum is the real deal. I don’t think he will be the nominee. I hate to be negative, but I don’t think Independents will vote for him. I hear him this minute saying he is doing well raising money. That’s good. I’m glad he’s in there.

      Mitt is not honest, I agree. My thoughts about Newt are that he has a conservative past. He lost it in the interest of selling books. Down deep I believe he is conservative. Whether he can keep that conviction if and when he has power again, I don’t know.

      I guess elections are never easy now that we fully understand the importance of being constitutional.

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  • angelatc (@AngelaTC)

    Uhm – I didn’t hear him saying that he opposed the individual mandate.