In 1991, economist Mark Pauly authored a health affairs paper that limited government involvement and required an individual mandate. It was rejected by President George
H. W. Bush as too conservative.
- Twenty senators, including Sen. Grassley, coauthored a bill based on Pauly’s ideas and presented it as an alternative to President Clinton’s single-payer plan.
- Using similar ideas as Pauly, Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor, sees his plan become law in the state of Massachusetts in 2006.
- In 2009 Gruber is invited to the White House to help design the health care bill.
- Just after passage of the Act, Republican governors and attorneys general filed lawsuits prepared by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
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According to Politifact, FactCheck, Kaiser Foundation and others, the act is not a job killer, a budget buster, socialized medicine, threatening our lives, taking away our freedoms, government run, cutting Medicare benefits, providing coverage for illegal immigrants, causing higher insurance premiums, providing taxpayer-funded abortions, saving money by its repeal or requiring workers to pay income tax on the value of employer-provided health insurance.
Consider a statement by Jonathan Gruber about the upcoming Supreme Court decision: “Basically, this is the last hope for a free market solution for covering the uninsured. If this fails, then you either give up on the uninsured or you go to single-payer.”