How the Parties Switched Stances on the Indvidual Mandate
Interesting article in today’s New York Times http://nyti.ms/x77odY 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
Political junkie, Vietnam vet, neurologist- three books on aging and dementia. Book on health care reform in 2009- Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System. Book on the need for a centrist third party- Resurrecting Democracy- A Citizen’s Call for a Centrist Third Party published in 2011. Most recent book, Aging Wisely, published in August 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield.