Lessons From The Individual Mandate For Republicans Seeking A Resurgence Today

Lessons From The Individual Mandate For Republicans Seeking A Resurgence Today


In a few weeks, health care will once again take center stage at the Supreme Court. In what has become a semi-regular occurrence, the justices will soon rule on a case focused on two central questions: Whether Congress’ 2017 decision to set Obamacare’s individual mandate tax to $0 renders the mandate unconstitutional, and if so, what if any other parts of Obamacare should fall with it.

In advance of the impending ruling, John McDonough recently wrote a history of the individual mandate over the past 30-plus years in a lengthy essay for Politico. McDonough, a Massachusetts native who worked for Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., during the debate on Obamacare, supports the law, and the state-level efforts in Massachusetts (a.k.a. “Romneycare”) that preceded it.

Despite, or perhaps because of, his liberal perspective, McDonough highlights the fact that the movement that led to the mandate’s enactment originally started on the right, with the Heritage Foundation. The essay provides another in-depth reminder

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