The Mandate Is the Perfect Symbol of the Central Mistake of Obama AdministrationYes, this is two week old news, and we now know that the SCOTUS has ruled to let the mandate stand; and we also know through yet another attempt at repealing Obamacare that the Republicans have no shame, no shame at all, in their grandstanding attempts to prove that the mandate is not their idea. But it is their idea, and we are fools if we fall for their lies again.
The individual mandate in the health care law was originally proposed by the Heritage Foundation, the most conservative think tank in the country. It was supported by almost every Republican in the country, including the first President Bush, Mitt Romney and conservative stalwarts like Orrin Hatch. Simply put, it was a conservative idea. There is no question about that; it is a fact.
Let me immediately digress to point out how terrible our media is since about 2% of the country knows that fact. If you asked the average American now, I'm sure they would say it was a liberal idea originally proposed by Barack Obama. Another fact -- Barack Obama was originally opposed to the mandate during his campaign for president.
So, this brings us to the central problem with President Obama's administration. They were under the unbelievably mistaken impression that if they worked with the Republicans, compromised with them and gave them what they wanted, that the Republicans would react likewise. Progressives (and anyone that was paying attention to politics in the last decade) warned them that would not be the case. We were dismissed. Now look at what's happened.
Central Mistake of Obama Administration
I've touched on this subject before. Sometimes the truth is worth repeating. From Cenk Uygur, that bastion of liberalism, we have this;