RNC: This Week in Change II - Obama Adopts Most Politically Expedient Position on Important Issues, Again

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INDIVIDUAL MANDATE

On Wednesday, An Obama Adviser Revealed That He "Is Not Opposed To The Idea" Of An Individual Mandate And That His Plan Could "Go In Clinton's Direction" On The Issue:

Campaign Adviser, Kavita Patel , Said That Obama "Is Not Opposed To The Idea" Of An Individual Mandate And That The Campaign Is In Touch With Former Clinton Health Care Advisers. "Asked if Obama would be seen as reversing himself if he were to endorse an individual mandate after clashing with Clinton on the issue, Patel dismissed the concern. 'He has not said he is opposed to it,' [ Kavita] Patel told ABC News. 'He has voiced his disagreement with having that be a part of his health-care plan last year. But he is not opposed to the idea itself.' Patel added that the Obama campaign is in touch with former Clinton health-care advisers." ( Teddy Davis , John Santucci and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Health Plan Could Go In Clinton's Direction," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 6/26/08)

The Adviser Signaled That Obama's Health Care Plan "Could Eventually Go In Clinton's Direction" In Regards To An Individual Mandate. "No policy proposal more sharply divided Barack Obama from Hillary Clinton than the former first lady's plan requiring adults to purchase health insurance. But as the one-time rivals head to Unity, N.H. , on Friday, a health adviser to the presumptive Democratic nominee is signaling that Obama's plan could eventually go in Clinton's direction." ( Teddy Davis , John Santucci and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Health Plan Could Go In Clinton's Direction," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 6/26/08)

Patel: "Senator Obama Is Willing To Consider Any Sort Of Proposal That Would Bring Together, Not Just The Insurance Industry But ... The Consumers Themselves..." ( Teddy Davis , John Santucci and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Health Plan Could Go In Clinton's Direction," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 6/26/08)

Earlier This Week, Another Campaign Adviser Said That Obama "Will Return" To Issue Of An Individual Mandate If There Are Americans Left Uninsured:

Obama's Adviser, Dan Tarullo , Said That He "Will Return" To The Issue Of An Individual Mandate If "We Have To Deal With The Problems Of Uncovered People." MSNBC's Contessa Brewer : "So Clinton criticized Obama during the primary race because his plan does not make health care universal. Does his plan ensure that every American has coverage?" Dan Tarullo : "Well, it is a universal plan. It doesn't mandate that everyone get health care coverage, but it makes sure that every American can get health care coverage and I think Senator Obama's approach has been look, we have a big problem of 47 million Americans who are uninsured, many others who have insurance are struggling with the cost of the health care. So what he wants to do is make sure there's affordable health care available for everyone and he believes that in and o f itself will lead to a great expansion in coverage. If we have to deal with the problems of uncovered people later, well of course, he will return to that issue." (MSNBC's "MSNBC Live," 6/24/08)

FLASHBACK: In The Democrat Primary, Obama Argued With Sen. Clinton Over Individual Mandates:

Obama Argued With Sen. Clinton Saying There Is "A Different Way" To Achieve Universal Care Rather Than Imposing An Individual Mandate. Obama: "We've got a philosophical difference which we've debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it, and my belief is the reason that people don't have it is not because they don't want it, but because they can't afford it. ... Now, there are legitimate arguments for why Senator Clinton and others have called for a mandate, and I'm happy to have that debate. But the notion that I am leaving 15 -- 15 million people out somehow implies that we are different in our goals of providing coverage to all Americans, and that is simply not true. We think that there's going to be a different way of getting there." ( Barack Obama , CNN/Univision Democrat Presidential Debate, Austin, TX , 2/21/08)