In 2008 then-Senator Obama and then-Senator Clinton were battling it out in the Democratic Primary, and one of their main differentiators was their vision for Health Care Reform – Senator Clinton’s plan included an individual mandate requiring everyone to buy healthcare insurance, Senator Obama’s plan did not. Then. almost two years later, now-President Obama signed into law a Health Care Reform bill that had as a key component an individual mandate.
Today, when Federal Court Judge Vinson handed down his ruling that the healthcare reform law was unconstitutional because of the individual mandate he wrote:
“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that, ‘If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of his 78-page ruling Monday.
Washington Times: Judge uses Obama’s words against him
H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care Act
Federal Court Judge Vinson’s 78 page decision