Jennifer, to be fair to Romney, he has been arguing that MassCare should not be a model for the nation for at least a few months, and what he is saying now isn’t terribly different from what he was saying on Monday when he criticized Hillary’s plan. His comments on Monday included: “In her plan, it’s crafted by Washington; it should be crafted by the states.” While I’m relieved that he doesn’t want to make the MassCare plan go national, I still have a problem with the fact that–in principle–he ever supported an individual mandate. And the car insurance example does not fly with me–you don’t need to purchase car insurance if you don’t have a car, whereas there is zero choice involved with a health insurance requirement.
My main objection to individual mandates is philosophical, but over at Cato, Glen Whitman has a good piece examining the problems with individual mandates from a policy perspective.
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