We’re hearing that Democrats are sending around a 2012 article claiming that potential GOP senate candidate Ed Gillespie lobbied for a federal individual health insurance mandate. The obvious intent here is to stir the pot among Republicans and torpedo Gillespie’s chances with the conservative base given they are doing it in a mocking fashion rather than praising the stance with which they agree.
The only problem is the article is incorrect.
The dispute concerns Gillespie’s work, at lobbying firm, Quinn Gillespie & Associates, for the Coalition to Advance Health Care Reform. One of the five principles for reform that group favored was an individual mandate.
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“I stopped lobbying for QGA six weeks after CAHR was launched, there was no consensus in CAHR for a mandate at that time, and I was not tasked with lobbying for one.”
By contrast, Gillespie stated back then that he “thought the tax code and insurance reforms were the best way to get everyone covered.”
So if you hear the charge that Gillespie supported and lobbied for the individual health insurance mandate, the facts contradict such claims.
Is it any wonder they would be worried given their candidate in the race, Mark Warner, has things like this floating around?