CBS News’ Stephanie Condon identifies Five Health Care Promises Obama Won’t Keep, including:
1. No Individual Mandate
During the 2008 Democratic primary, Mr. Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton both shared the goal of health care reform. By Mr. Obama’s own admission, the biggest difference between the two candidates was that Clinton supported a mandate for all Americans to acquire health care.
“Now, under any mandate, you are going to have problems with people who don’t end up having health coverage,” Mr. Obama said during a debate with Clinton on Jan. 31, 2008. “I think we can anticipate that there would also be people potentially who are not covered and are actually hurt if they have a mandate imposed on them.”
Under the leadership of the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), however, Congress wrote bills that called for an individual mandate. In June, the president indicated in a letter to Kennedy and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that he was changing his tune to accommodate their legislation.
“I understand the committees are moving towards a principle of shared responsibility — making every American responsible for having health insurance coverage,” he wrote. “I share the goal of ending lapses and gaps in coverage that make us less healthy and drive up everyone’s costs, and I am open to your ideas on shared responsibility.”
The president now fully supports an individual mandate.
“The only way this plan works is if everybody fulfills their responsibility,” he said at a rally Thursday.
Read the other four broken Obama health care promises, here.