Romney, conservatives and health-care mandates
Scott has a terrific column
this morning about how conservatives once backed the idea of requiring people to take out private medical insurance, as part of an effort to promote “personal responsibility” and to preserve a private-sector approach toward health care. Times have changed. And Romney’s paying for it.
BTW - What’s changed? It has a lot to do with the mindset of what I call “ideological partisans.” They may intellectually embrace an idea on sound principal. But such principals are thrown to the side if a perceived ideological-partisan opponent embraces it. Partisanship, which is ultimately a form of tribalism, usually trumps principal. ...
Personally, I like the mandates. It preserves private insurance, acts as a bulwark against a “single payer” health-care system, and provides for minimum universal health-care coverage.