"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wait a Minute... Didn't Democrats Ridicule Republicans for Suggesting that the Mandate under Obamacare Be Postponed?

Two months ago, tea-party Republicans offered to end the government shutdown in exchange for a one-year postponing of the Obamacare individual mandate.   For that they were ridiculed as extremists who had "bombs strapped to their chests."

Well, now there's this story:

Hundreds of thousands of people whose health plans are being canceled because their coverage doesn’t meet Obamacare rules will be exempt next year from the U.S. mandate that all Americans carry medical insurance.  
People losing coverage will now be allowed to buy bare-bones “catastrophic” insurance that the law usually limits to those younger than age 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said yesterday. Others can opt out completely without the threat of the fines being imposed next year on the uninsured as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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