How the Parties Switched Stances on the Indvidual Mandate

Interesting article in today’s New York Times of the way Republicans and Democrats completely reversed their positions on the individual mandate since the concept was formulated by conservative economists in the early 1990s. Republicans in Congress, including Newt Gingrich, supported the idea and the Democrats were opposed. Subsequently, there’s been a 180 degree change in the parties’ positions. This is emblematic of Washington’s culture- if one party favors an idea, the other one will reject it. Doesn’t this behavior meet Einstein’s definition of insanity- doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, or that just the perception of the vast majority of Americans

Author: ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist

Political junkie, Vietnam vet, neurologist- two books on aging and dementia. Last book on health care reform- Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System. New book on the need for a centrist third party- Resurrecting Democracy- A Citizen's Call for a Centrist Third Party- will be available early October 2011