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Your questions contain false premises. The bill including a health insurance mandate WAS introduced by the Republicans and had 21 co-sponsors in the Senate:
"In November, 1993, Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., introduced what was considered to be one of the main Republican health overhaul proposals: "A bill to provide comprehensive reform of the health care system of the United States."
Titled the "Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993," it had 21 co-sponsors, including two Democrats (Sens. Boren and Kerrey)."
"The bill, which was not debated or voted upon, was an alternative to President Bill Clinton's plan. It bears similarity to the Democratic bill passed by the Senate Dec. 24, 2009,"
In other words, it was all lip service and reactionary to HillaryCare which ushered in the historic Congressional turnover from Democrat to Republican leadership. 21 co-sponsors? You do realize there are 100 Senators, don't you?
What I asked for was a "serious" attempt by Republicans for national healthcare, not a dog and pony show. The Republicans had no intention of taking over 1/6 of our economy.