Individual Mandate Articles

A Low Bar

2:45 PM, Feb 19, 2015

Peter Sullivan’s story in The Hill comes with this headline:

Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers

There were more signups, it seems, than had been anticipated so no fleas on this dog.  As 

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Podcast: Will Courts Have to Decide on Obamacare Delays?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:25 PM, Feb 12, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Terry Eastland on whether the courts will weigh in against President Obama's tendency to change the rules without the input of Congress.

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Nine Democrats Vote to Delay the Individual Mandate

9:11 AM, Oct 01, 2013

As the Washington Post reports, nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives have voted to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate.  The nine are as follows:  Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Dan Maffei (N.Y.), Sean Maloney (N.Y.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Steven Horsford (Nev.), Ron Barber (Ariz.), John Barrow (Ga.), Raul Ruiz (Calif.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).  The Republican-controlle

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Kristol Podcast: GOP In a Good Place to Delay Obamacare

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:30 PM, Sep 30, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the current House/Senate showdown over funding the government and delaying Obamacare.

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Tribune Editorial: Delay Obamacare

5:53 AM, Aug 19, 2013

The Chicago Tribune, the most widely read newspaper in the Windy City, editorializes:

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The Soft Underbelly of Obama­care

Aug 12, 2013

For opponents of Obamacare, it almost seems like the law offers too many targets to choose from. Its effects on premiums and costs look to be highly unpopular, its perverse incentives are already harming employment, its state exchanges will hand out costly subsidies without the necessary checks against fraud, the promises of its champions—from keeping costs down to keeping the coverage and doctors you have—are proving empty, its lawless implementation is anathema to our system of government, and on and on.

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Conservatives to McConnell, Boehner: Delay Obamacare, Don't Defund

6:29 AM, Aug 08, 2013

Nineteen conservative activists have signed a letter to Republican leaders in Congress urging the body to fight to delay all of the provisions of Obamacare set to go into effect in 2014. (Update: the number of signatories has increased to 33.)

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Podcast: Individual Mandate Is 'A Huge Opportunity for the GOP to Push Back on Obamacare'

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:25 PM, Aug 06, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with James C. Capretta, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, on his recent editorial and the vulnerability of the individual mandate.

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Leading from Behind

Mike Lee takes point against Obamacare.
Aug 05, 2013

On Wednesday, July 17, Senator Mike Lee strode onto the Senate floor and called for Republicans to defund Obamacare. His case was simple. If the White House is calling for a yearlong delay in the implementation of two key elements of the law—the employer mandate and verification of eligibility for subsidies on health care exchanges—then Congress shouldn’t fund it.

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77 Percent Say Individual Mandate Should be Delayed or Repealed

3:05 PM, Aug 01, 2013

A new poll finds 77 percent of Americans support either delaying or repealing Obamacare's individual mandate. The extensive survey of 2,076 registered voters found that 28 percent say the individual mandate that Americans purchase health insurance coverage should be delayed, while 49 percent say the mandate should be repealed entirely. Among those who favor delay or repeal of the mandate are 91 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of independents, and 65 percent of Democrats.

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Mandate Madness

Jul 29, 2013

It is not often that a president announces his decision not to enforce a law as written, the House of Representatives responds by offering to restore the rule of law by amending that law to permit the delay the president wishes .  .  . and then the president threatens to veto that legislation if it gets to his desk. But such is the pathbreaking and jaw-dropping spectacle of Obamacare.

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Flashback: OMB Director Denies Mandate Penalty is a Tax

12:16 PM, Jun 28, 2012

In February the Obama administration's acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeff Zeints, told the House Budget Committee that the penalty for not purchasing health insurance under Obamacare is not a tax. Watch below:

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What Did SCOTUS Just Do?

10:31 AM, Jun 28, 2012

Was today's Supreme Court Obamacare decision a win for conservatives or a loss? It depends on what you were rooting for.

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The Mandate Represents What’s Wrong With Democrats

5:00 AM, Jun 27, 2012

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on Obamacare--and, in particular, the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance whether they want it or not.

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Obamacare on Trial: The Individual Mandate

6:18 PM, Mar 27, 2012

Yesterday, we endured an esoteric debate over a jurisdictional statute that practically no one expects to actually affect the Supreme Court's review of Obamacare. Today, by contrast, was the argument we've all been waiting for: the challenge to the constitutional merits of Obamacare's individual mandate.

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The Man Who Likes Mandates

Mar 26, 2012


Why is there still so much resistance among Republican primary voters to Mitt Romney, the likely but not inevitable GOP nominee? Perhaps the deepest reason is this: At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government, Romney’s achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times.

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Gingrich Campaign Defends Past Support for Mandate

"A conceptual discussion..."
9:30 AM, Jan 31, 2012

Yesterday, Newt Gingrich did not answer questions regarding his past support for an individual health insurance mandate, as a recently discovered audio clip recorded in May 2009 showed. Here's what Gingrich said then:

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Smaller Crowd for Newt Before Primary

Plus, Newt mum on past support for individual mandate.
5:40 PM, Jan 30, 2012

Tampa, Fla.
Fewer than 24 hours before polls open for the Republican primary, Newt Gingrich was joined by Herman Cain and Michael Reagan for a relatively small campaign rally.

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Six Ways the Supreme Court Could Rule on Obamacare

8:01 AM, Oct 03, 2011

The majority of the 50 states claim that Obamacare is unconstitutional, the Obama administration claims that it's not, and both sides have now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the question on appeal from a 3-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court.

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Don’t Forget Obamacare

Sep 26, 2011

Obamacare’s individual mandate—requiring that all Americans purchase government-approved health insurance beginning in 2014—has always been the law’s most vulnerable provision. It is incredibly unpopular, and not just among conservatives. Polls consistently show that a large majority of the electorate opposes it, including a good portion of registered Democrats.

It is not hard to see why.

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Taking the Individual Mandate Off Life Support

8:29 AM, May 13, 2011

This week, the latest challenge to Obamacare, and its individual mandate to purchase health insurance, was heard before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

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Romney Defends Romneycare

5:05 PM, May 12, 2011

In a speech today in Michigan, Mitt Romney made it clear he won't be running away from the health care system he implemented in Massachusetts. While pundits have encouraged him to admit that it was a mistake, Romney said, “There’s only one problem with that--it wouldn’t be honest.”

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Contrasting Obamacare’s Individual Mandate with Ryan’s Proposed Medicare Reforms

4:22 PM, May 04, 2011

In what could be a sign of desperation on the part of opponents of the Paul Ryan’s budget, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and Slate’s Simon Lazarus both argue that the House budget contains an Obamacare-like individual mandate that requires people to buy health insurance under penalty of law. The short and simple answer is: No, it doesn’t.

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Starbucks CEO and Obamacare Supporter Now Decries Law's Small Business Impact

12:30 PM, Mar 22, 2011

The Seattle Times has an interesting interview with Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. After being one of corporate America's most prominent supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Schultz is now having second thoughts about the law:

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