Evolving Attitudes Toward The Uninsured

ObamaCareSeptember 9: In his major health care speech to a Joint Session of Congress, the President tried to evoke sympathy and compassion for those without health insurance:

Everyone understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed on the uninsured, who live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy.  These are not primarily people on welfare.  These are middle-class Americans.  Some can’t get insurance on the job.  Others are self-employed, and can’t afford it…

November 9: Interviewer Jake Tapper asked, “As the Senate puts its final bill together they should know: Does the President think jail time is appropriate [for not buying health insurance]?”  Obama’s response was not intended to evoke sympathy or compassion:

Penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.

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