Washington Post: ‘The individual insurance mandate … was the brainchild of conservative economists and embraced by some of the nation’s most prominent Republicans for nearly two decades’
HEALTH EQUITY AND ACCESS REFORM TODAY ACT (1993)
In 1993, Senate Republicans offered the “Health Equity and Access Today Act” as an alternative to President Clinton’s healthcare proposal. The centerpiece of this proposal was a provision mandating individuals to purchase private health insurance. It had 19 Republican cosponsors, including three Republican senators still in office today.
WYDEN-BENNETT BILL (2007-2009)
The bipartisan Wyden-Bennett bill—introduced in 2007 and then again in 2009—contained an individual mandate. At least 10 Republicans sponsored one of the two versions of the proposal, including four still serving today.
ROMNEYCARE IN MASSACHUSETTS (2006)
In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed a universal health care in Massachusetts that included an individual mandate. Sen. Jim DeMint, who endorsed Gov. Romney for President in 2007, said of the Massachusetts law: “I think that’s something we should do for the whole country.”