Did Carly Fiorina at one time support an individual mandate like the one Obamacare has? Video has recently surfaced showing that she in fact did.
In a CNN interview in 2013, Fiorina was asked by former CNN host Stephanie Cutter:
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. 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.
Although many Republicans used to support the individual mandate, since Obamacare put one in, it has become unpopular.
In fact, a 1990s Heritage Foundation proposal advocated for a mandate.
Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN:
She was agreeing with the Heritage proposal, which said that there would be some type of catastrophic care requirement — set up a little like auto damage liability insurance — aimed at reducing taxpayer costs of unexpected ER visits. Not what Obamacare required, which is actually high end insurance coverage.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, all Republicans, introduced health care bills last spring; none included an individual mandate.
What does Carly Fiorina’s past support of an individual mandate mean in her pursuit for the Republican nomination?