Obama ran for office on opposition to the individual mandate, then made it the centerpiece of his signature legislative initiative. Perhaps this should have been “lie of the year.” At PolitiFact.com, it wasn’t even a runner-up.
I addressed this issue in a prior post, when Obamacare was first being discussed in July 2009, Obama Was Against Compulsory Health Insurance, Before He Was For It:
The current Democratic House bill on health care includes fines to force people to purchase health insurance, which is consistent with Barack Obama’s current position on mandates. This type of coercion, however, was criticized by Obama during the campaign, when he attacked Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan because Hillary’s plan mandated universal coverage through fines and other mechanisms which forced people to buy coverage …”
And again in March 2010, as the House was approaching its vote on the Senate Obamacare bill, Obama’s Mandate Head Fake:
There is no more pernicious aspect of the pending health care bills (Senate, House and Obama “proposal”) than the mandate….
There was a time when Obama was against a mandate. That was when he was running against Hillary Clinton, who supported mandates.
Here is the videotape of Obama hammering Hillary not only over the mandate but also over the use of fines to enforce the mandate:
This video is one of the most damning pieces of evidence of the deception of the Obama campaign.
The thing about Hillary was that you could disagree with her, but you knew where she stood. Hillary didn’t try to fool anyone during the campaign.
If Hillary were President and we had a mandate, at least she would not have lied us into it.