View Full Version : Barack Obama in 2008: Against a health insurance mandate

07-07-2010, 04:16 PM
YouTube - Obama on mandates (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoSnqofelsQ)

"If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don't have a house is they don't have the money. So our focus has been on reducing costs, making it available. I am confident that if people have a chance to buy high quality health care that is affordable, they will do so. And that's what our plan does, and nobody disputes that." -Barack Obama, 2/5/08 (as a candidate for the Democratic nomination)

YouTube - Obama v Clinton on the Individual Mandate Mobile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AOJBiklP1Q)

"In order to force people to get health insurance, you have to have a very harsh, stiff penalty - and Senator Clinton has said 'We will go after their wages.' Now, this is a substantive difference; but understand that both of us seek to get universal health care. I have a substantive difference with Senator Clinton on how to get there."


Excerpt from Obama radio ad that ran in Iowa:
[Male announcer]: But heres the real difference on health care. Senators Edwards and Clinton favor mandates which the Daily Iowan says would, quote, force those who cannot afford health insurance to buy it, punishing those who dont fall in line.
[Female Announcer]: As the Concord Monitor says, when it comes to honesty about health care, Obama has the edge.
-Source: AdWatch of 2008 campaign ad, Health care Jan 1, 2008

07-07-2010, 05:14 PM
YouTube - The Gap Band - Oops Upside Your Head (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N19NmO3NP4)

07-07-2010, 05:51 PM

07-07-2010, 10:07 PM
He is a master of double talk.

07-08-2010, 04:15 AM
Wow, I actually remember this! Back in '07 and '08, Obama was stealing every opportunity to remind voters how he, unlike Hillary, ostensibly opposed a healthcare mandate. The state and national news media made a pretty big deal over it at the time.