Given the ruling of the US Supreme Court this week on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise referred to as “Obamacare”, it would seem US President Barack Obama got his way. However, his way as president is at variance with his way as a presidential hopeful:
Both of us want to provide health care to all Americans. There’s a slight difference, and her plan is a good one. But, she mandates that everybody buy health care. She’d have the government force every individual to buy insurance and I don’t have such a mandate because I don’t think the problem is that people don’t want health insurance, it’s that they can’t afford it. So, I focus more on lowering costs. This is a modest difference. But, it’s one that she’s tried to elevate, arguing that because I don’t force people to buy health care that I’m not insuring everybody. Well, if things were that easy, I could mandate everybody to buy a house, and that would solve the problem of homelessness. It doesn’t.”
Democratic candidate, Senator Barack Obama, comparing his health care plan to that of Hilary Clinton’s on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, February 28th 2008.