Frist: Individual Mandate Is a Necessity of Health Reform

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

With much of the focus of the health reform debate on whether or not to include a public option, the individual insurance mandate also being pushed by President Obama hasn’t gotten much attention. That provision — which would require everyone to have health insurance, much like auto insurance is mandated for drivers in most states now — has been blasted by some conservatives as representing government encroachment (generally) and a new tax (particularly).

Yet, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), a thoracic surgeon, doesn’t agree. Appearing this morning on the Fox Business Network, Frist said that the individual mandate — and the penalties that would hit those who don’t comply — are “about the only way” to reform the nation’s fractured health care system.

We have 46 million people who don’t have insurance out there. Somebody’s going to have to pay for that. If they can pay for it, they should be responsible to paying for it. And, if not, there are going to be taxes, excise taxes, user taxes on companies like Aetna, on individuals.

“And I’m hard-core Republican,” Frist reminded the audience.



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Comment posted September 15, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

Another measure of how securely the inmate's control the GOP asylum

John Hutchison
Comment posted September 16, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

In other words, somebody has to be the cannon fodder, having their money siezed to pad the insurance companies' bottom lines.

A house built on the foundation of taking people's choices away from them is a house better left unbuilt.

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