Rielle Hunter, left, is shown in an Aug. 6, 2009 file photo; former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is seen at right in May 2012.Full Story
#25 Jun 28, 2012
Conservative economists developed the concept in the late 1980s, when they were searching for a market-based alternative to the government-sponsored, universal health-care system liberals were proposing. Mark Pauly, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, suggested offering tax credits to help everyone buy at least minimal "catastrophic" insurance, and he proposed making it mandatory to get coverage. The conservative Heritage Foundation latched onto the idea, and pitched it to Republicans in Congress.
And did Republican leaders support it?
Some did, and when President Bill Clinton started pushing his failed health-care reform plan in the 1990s, the GOP presented the Heritage Foundation approach as an alternative. Twenty Republican co-sponsors supported a Senate bill that formally proposed the individual mandate, but the idea faded when Clinton's effort failed. In 2004, Mitt Romney, then governor of Massachusetts, revived the idea as part of a health-care overhaul for his state, which he signed into law in 2006. Romney, the GOP frontrunner for the 2012 election, is now vowing that, if elected president, he'll scrap Obama's federal version of the mandate.
Why have Republicans turned on the idea?
Out of political expedience, according to critics. Until ObamaCare came along, says David Frum at The Daily Beast, conservatives insisted the idea was "the secret to a well-functioning national health-care system." Now some of those same people claim "a health-care mandate is tantamount to the extinction of economic freedom" because it's convenient to say so. Still, let's not overstate the individual mandate's conservative roots, says Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review. A minority of think-tank types have always liked the idea, and some Republicans embraced it when they were forced to find an alternative to "HillaryCare."
#26 Jun 29, 2012
Bitch lies a lot, too. But she's right about one thing - she's sorry.
#27 Jun 29, 2012
Horrible, ain't it?
What we need are judges who can be counted on 100%
to take their orders directly from the Republican Pope,
Grover Norquist. An envelope full of cash will sweeten
the pot too. I mean, why should an old Mafiosi like Scalia make
these decisions for nothing when they are worth millions to
the right people?
#29 Jul 10, 2012
I cannot believe a woman could possibly be this sorry and I can't believe John Edwards could be so stupid.. Reille knew exactly what she was doing...she deliberately hit on him because she knew he had money and she probably took fertility drugs to get pregnant because that was her way to get someone to take care of her. She must have not owned a thing as her book stated they had to buy her a BMW SUV,$30,000 worth of furniture from The Pottery Barn. She was able to move her belongings in a U Haul hooked behind her car....the book shows what a sorry person she really was. I don't know a person that doesn't think she is TRASH. God bless elizabeth and her precious kids as their father was truly a victim..... I hope she doesn't get a dime from john and i hope she has to clean up horse shit for the rest of her life!!!!!!!! I saw where she was wanting 11 million from john. I wonder what his parents think of her now.... What a tragedy.....Elizabeth was a beautiful lady and so very admired by most. I enjoyed watching hrr so very much... Somebody has done a lot of work on Reille as she was the worse looking thing i have ever seen. She looks like Camilla Parker Bowles sister.... And they have a lot in common....
Since: Nov 08
#32 Aug 11, 2012
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