Obamacare Was a Republican Idea! 5 Obama Issues The GOP Once Owned

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Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

click to enlarge California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner today. - ASSOCIATED PRESS / TWITTER
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  • California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner today.
Republicans are acting like the blue-haired lady at a four-star restaurant who spies what's on the table of a minority couple nearby:

"I'll definitely not have what they're having."

What Republicans once ate up like Charlie Sheen at a Peruvian farmer's market they now reject as wholly un-American because their nemesis, President Barack Obama, has embraced it. Witness our five examples, including today's Supreme Court-upheld health-insurance mandate:

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-Health-insurance mandate: The idea that all Americans should purchase health insurance so that the rest of us don't have to pay up when the uninsured get sick has its origins in a 1989 brief ("Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans,") by the conservative think tank called the Heritage Foundation. In fact, several Republican leaders, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney himself, once embraced the idea. Romney famously spearheaded such a mandate in Massachusetts when he was governor there. Now, of course, the concept is being compared to Stalinist dictate.

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