Republicans Supported an Individual Mandate Until Obama Did.
"When George H.W. Bush was president, he came up with this crazy idea on how to improve our health care system.
H.W. Bush had this radical plan to propose an individual health care mandate to bring down health care costs by forcing every American citizen to purchase insurance because the uninsured raise the cost for everyone else. This would also end pre-existing conditions.
The Heritage Foundation supported and even helped write H.W. Bush's bill with an individual mandate. Today they are one of many conservative groups fighting the current mandate.
Republicans eventually tabled this plan because they didn't think they could get enough Democratic support in congress to pass it.(My, how times have changed)
Then Bush lost the '92 election to Bill Clinton.
In the early 90's, President Clinton was pushing for single-payer healthcare in America.
Since it would help millions of Americans and put an end to unfair and unethical insurance practices, Republicans had to kill it." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/27/1078...