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Posted on February 5, 2012

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REPUBLICANS’ OBAMA CARE PROBLEM

Once the presidential nomination process is settled, and that can’t be fast enough, Republicans will get back to doing what they do best: getting on President Barack Obama’s case.

Incredibly, though, they’ll have to do it without one of their most potent arguments. The Republican candidate, after all, can’t effectively attack what he supports. Today, both leading contenders for the nomination have defended the idea of the government forcing all consumers to buy something in the interest of the common good. An individual mandate is about health insurance today, but really no one has offered any good reason Washington couldn’t force us to buy a government-sanctioned iPad or rubber ducky tomorrow. Yet, over 70 percent  in a Missouri election voted against the Affordable Health Care Act or Obama Care. And it is mainly Republicans who oppose the passed affordable health care plan.

Even Obama feigned disapproval of the idea during his campaign in 2008. Yet, Newt Gingrich has supported some variation of a federal health insurance mandate going as far back as 1993. However, politically speaking, Gingrich may continue to challenge Obama care’s mandate as “unconstitutional,” but soon he is going to have to answer for his own long-standing support of a federal health insurance mandate. Today on this issue Newt is appealing to Tea Party backers.

The same gotcha exists for Mitt Romney, of course, who has never backed away from his support for a mandate or his Massachusetts plan. We get it. The folks in Massachusetts believe that Romney care is a great idea.

No doubt, the impending presidential debate will center on the state of the economy, and this subject will pale as the economy improves this year.

No doubt, Mitt or Newt will continue to promise to overturn the affordable health care reform law, and who knows, the winner may?

Or perhaps the Supreme Court will save us all by deeming the mandate constitutional.

This would dull the GOP presidential nominee’s attack on Obama care even though he seems to support a mandate.

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