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“Dur­ing the 1980s and early 1990s, many mod­er­ate GOP pol­i­cy­mak­ers cham­pi­oned an in­di­vid­ual man­date. For ex­am­ple, in 1993, Sen. John Chafee had 16 Repub­li­can co-spon­sors, among them Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, for a re­form pro­posal that in­cluded the man­date. … To the vast ma­jor­ity of re­spon­si­ble adults, the re­quire­ment to have in­sur­ance is no re­quire­ment at all—they al­ready buy it.”

—Wal­ter Zel­man, pub­lic health depart­ment chair­man at Cal State Los An­ge­les, in the Los An­ge­les Times

“Judg­ing from opinion polls, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans must be ea­ger for a show­down at the U.S. Supreme Court over the key, but un­pop­u­lar, pro­vi­sion of the land­mark health­care re­form law that calls for a spe­cial tax penalty on any­one who doesn’t have health in­sur­ance. … While the high court’s con­ser­va­tive bloc has shown no hes­i­ta­tion in is­su­ing ac­tivist rul­ings that have po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions, the court must con­cede that it’s not a novel idea to use tax rules to shape so­ci­etal be­hav­ior. The IRS code al­ready en­cour­ages mar­riage, char­i­ta­ble giv­ing, and re­tire­ment and health­care sav­ings. Why not use it to en­cour­age a health­ier cit­i­zenry?”

— Philadel­phia Inquirer

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