Romney, Hatch, Bennett All Supported Health Insurance “Mandate”

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2006 – Romney: “We insist that everybody who drives a car has insurance. And cars are a lot less expensive than people.” In other words, a mandate. 1993 – Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett co-sponsored a GOP health reform bill requiring people to have medical coverage. In other words, a mandate. WTF? – There was an exemption for people opposed to holding coverage for religious reasons??? — Republican attorneys general in more than a dozen states, including Utah, are suing over health care reform passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, for “forcing” people to get medical insurance. But just four years ago, when he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney signed a bill into law requiring people to have medical coverage. And back in 1993, Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett co-sponsored a GOP health reform bill, which seemed to do the very same thing. The measure, more than 300 pages long, had brief but potent language, under a section entitled “Universal Coverage.” It read, “Effective January 1, 2005, each individual who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States shall be covered under–(1) a qualified health plan, or (2) an equivalent health care program.” There was an exemption for people opposed to holding coverage for religious reasons. In a Wednesday satellite interview with 2News from Washington, Senator Hatch said he joined with Republicans 17 years ago, who were trying to defeat “Hillarycare,” a reference to then First

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