Stuart Butler, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, in an op-ed last year denied the Heritage Foundation invented ObamaCare: “But the version of the health insurance mandate Heritage and I supported in the 1990s had three critical features. First, it was not primarily intended to push people to obtain protection for their own good, but to protect others. Like auto damage liability insurance required in most states... Second, we sought to induce people to buy coverage primarily through the carrot of a generous health credit or voucher, financed in part by a fundamental reform of the tax treatment of health coverage, rather than by a stick.
“And third, in the legislation we helped craft that ultimately became a preferred alternative to ClintonCare, the ‘mandate’ was actually the loss of certain tax breaks for those not choosing to buy coverage, not a legal requirement.”
So Butler is saying that if ObamaCare was intended to protect others instead of for your own good, he’d support it? Because the other two he lists are in ObamaCare/The ACA: tax incentives and “loss of certain tax breaks” is basically the fine for not having insurance next year.
Is our government really shut down right now because the best think-tank-parsing they can come up with is that the motives for being covered aren’t altruistic?
In a word: Yes.
The tea party/Heritage Foundation/Koch brothers trinity have co-opted the Revolutionary War’s Gadsden Flag, the yellow flag with a rattle snake warning “don’t tread on me.” A more apt illustration would be a snake eating its own tail while accusing Obama of cannibalism.
What’s worse for the country: When conservatives don’t get their way-or when they do?
Tina Dupuy is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist, investigative journalist, award-winning writer, stand-up comic, on-air commentator and wedge issue fan.