• Carly Fiorina In 2013: I Support A Mandate Forcing Americans to Buy Health Insurance

    Carly Fiorina has joined other leading Republican presidential candidates in denouncing Obamacare, but back in 2013 she stated that she supports an individual mandate to force Americans to buy health insurance.

    The former Hewlett-Packard CEO said during a 2013 appearance on CNN’s “Crossfire” that she supported both the individual mandate and the ban on insurance companies denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, the key healthcare requirements at the heart of ObamaCare.

    The clip was uncovered by CNN on Thursday.

    From CNN:

    “Now there is a requirement for people to take responsibility, which you know most people have insurance,” Cutter said. “So do you agree with the mandate idea? That is a Republican idea, came out of the Heritage Foundation, one of our co-hosts, Newt Gingrich, was behind it. And the ban on preexisting conditions? Do you agree with those two provisions?”

    “I actually do agree with those two provisions,” Fiorina said. “And I think Obamacare remains an abomination, and let me tell you why. First of all, I think no one should be denied health care because of pre-existing conditions. And I think there are many more efficient ways we could have dealt with this other than Obamacare.”

    Fiorina still calls Obamacare an “abomination,” but most conservatives would not like her position on the individual mandate. Republicans supported an attempt to repeal Obamacare by challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in federal court, however, the Supreme Court ruled that the provision was within the government’s power in 2012.


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