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March 27, 2012

Irony at the Supreme Court

First Read: "Yesterday's oral arguments were simply the opening act in the Supreme Court's consideration of President Obama's signature health-care law. But today's discussion -- over whether or not the individual mandate to purchase health insurance is constitutional -- is the main event. And there's plenty of irony (and even hypocrisy) on this issue. After all, it was then-candidate Barack Obama who railed against the individual mandate, which was supported by Hillary Clinton. What's more, the individual mandate was once a conservative-leaning idea (championed by the Heritage Foundation, Newt Gingrich and, yes, Mitt Romney)."

"The final bit of irony: Only a small percentage of the public would even be subject to the individual mandate, if it's found to be constitutional. A new Urban Institute study finds, per Huffington Post, that 98% of Americans 'would either be exempt from the mandate -- because of employer coverage, public health insurance or low income -- or given subsidies to comply.' So there you have it, folks: The central issue before the Supreme Court was once opposed by Obama, supported by conservatives and Republicans, and won't even affect most Americans."


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