Who first proposed making health insurance compulsory?

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    Who first proposed making health insurance compulsory?

    The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. (late 1980s)
    The individual mandate: Health-care's inherent controversy - The Week


    Gingrich: 'Unconstitutional' Insurance Mandate 'Started As Conservative Effort to Stop Hillarycare'
    By Terence P. Jeffrey
    December 11, 2011

    (CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday defended his previous support of a federal mandate requiring people to buy health insurance by saying that "virtually every conservative saw the mandate as a less dangerous future" than the health-care plan being advanced by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 and that the idea of mandating that people buy health insurance "started as a conservative effort to stop Hillarycare in the 1990s."
    Gingrich: 'Unconstitutional' Insurance Mandate 'Started As Conservative Effort to Stop Hillarycare' | CNSnews.com

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    Want to try again? What they proposed at the time was a requirement for everyone to have catastrophic insurance or post a bond. Their mandate was not about carrying health insurance, it was about protecting the public from the cost of accidents and serious illness. They were wrong, but at least they had a more palatable alternative than forcing everyone to carry insurance for a bunch of things they don't need.
     
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    Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993 :

     
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    Damn, you proved me wrong, I thought your copy and paste ability saved you from having to think. This has nothing to do with this thread. The question was not what mandate was proposed by congresscritters in 1993, it was who was the first to actually propose one. The OP then went on to argue that it was the Heritage Foundation, which I am pretty sure is wrong, but don't actually feel like researching, so I just pointed out the differences between their mandate and the one in Obamacare.
     
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    Yup.

    Obama's HC plan is really the REPUBLICAN PLAN.

    Much as CLINTONS WELFARE REFORM PLAN was also the REPUBLICAN PLAN.

    Why on earth do you think so many of we who do not sup at the table of the GOP laugh at you guys when you tell us how different the DEMS are from the Republicans?

    If you people would stop thinking that politics is a football game, and start looking at actual policies, you'd discover ONE PARTY rules the roost.

    The INSIDER PARTY.

    But you partisans are cluess idiots, so I know I'm wasting ASCII reminding you of the obvious.
     
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    Reality is a complicated thing. Didn't Teddy Roosevelt have a healthcare proposal? After the GD and the wars that grew out of it, many considered UHC. What I find amazing is that a good thing can be debated even demonized instead of tried and fixed and improved and repaired like all of life's complexities.

    Truman Library - November 19, 1945: Truman Proposes Health Program

    This Day in Truman History
    November 19, 1945
    President Truman's Proposed Health Program
     
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    A little history is in order here if we want to understand how we got into the position we find oursevles in today

    The era POST WWII was the best time for us to have imposed universal HC.

    Why?

    For the first time in US history we had the pipilation morbity and mortality STATS to actually develop an universal health care insurance scheme

    Sadly, we went in the other direction (thanks, ironically, to a teachers' association in TEXAS!!?!) which started BLUE CROSS.

    Once BLUE CROSS took hold of the market the private insurance companies started CHERRY PICKING the healthier members to capture those who were the least likely to need HC.
     
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    Exactly. Glad you agree with Obamacare. You worded it perfectly. Thanks. Can I use it in my signature line and quote you?
     
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    What's bizarre is that the ACA enables them to do most of the things they allegedly want to do today, they just don't seem to have realized that yet. It's a big toolbox that's just as well-suited to advancing conservative priorities as liberal ones (and in some respects it's better suited to some of the former).
     
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    So what's your point? Yet another typically idiotic argument from the left. "Well since the right actually did it first that should make it okay now", or "Since it was the right's idea and you're from a right wing ideology you should actually be for this". Really? Talk about pathetic. Who proposed it does not change the fact that mandating that people carry health insurance is wrong and an infringement on civil liberties.
     
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