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1993—U.S. Sen. John Chafee, R-Rhode Island,introduces the “Health Equity and Access Reform Act,” whichincludes a mandate, complete a non-compliance “penalty.” Supportersinclude Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, andRepublican Kit Bond fromMissouri.

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April 12, 2006—MassachusettsGov. Mitt Romney signs “An Act Providing Access to Affordable,Quality, Accountable Health Care”—otherwise known asRomneycare—into law. This legislation, meant to expand coveragewhile reining in health care costs, also introduced the individualmandate and served as the template for the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act.

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Later that month—NewtGingrich expresses support for theMassachusettslaw—and theindividual mandate.

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March 2007—Lobbyist Jeanne Schulte Scott coinsthe term “Obamacare.”

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February 2009—Freshly inaugurated PresidentBarack Obama tells a joint session of Congress he plans to beginwork with lawmakers on a health care reform bill.

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March 5, 2009—The president meets withlawmakers to formally begin work on the legislation.

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Aug. 25, 2009—Longtime U.S.Sen.—and lifetime reform champion—Ted Kennedy passes away.

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Nov. 7, 2009—The House of Representativespasses the “Affordable Health Care for America Act” on a 220–215 vote. It heads to the Senate.

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Dec. 1, 2009—U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,took the Senate floor to declare , “What [is] this going to do forour seniors, I have a message for you—you're gonna die sooner.”

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Dec. 23, 2009—After ignoring the original Housebill, completely rewriting another bill meant for something elseentirely, and hours of both public and private debate, the Senatevotes to close debate on the bill, 60-39.

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Dec. 24, 2009—The Senate then passes the billby that same party-line vote.

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March 9, 2010—Speaker of the House NancyPelosi, D-Calif., infamously intones, “We have to pass the bill sothat you can find out what is in it.”

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March 21, 2010—House passes the Senate bill bya 219-212 vote.

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March 22, 2010—House republicans introduce abill to repeal the bill, which fails.

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March 23, 2010—President Barack Obama signsPPACA into law. Just before the bill signing, Vice President JoeBiden can be heard telling the president, “This is a big [f-ing]deal.”

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Jan. 26, 2011—HHS said it hadto date granted a total of 733 waivers for 2011, covering 2.1million people, or about 1 percent of the privately insuredpopulation.

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January 2011—Newt Gingrich says, “The Centerfor Health Transformation is about to enter a report that theSecretary of Health and Human Services has 1,961 grants of power inthe Obamacare bill. I mean, you talk about a centralized, healthdictatorship.”

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June 2011—The administration announced that allapplications for new waivers and renewals of existing ones have tobe filed by Sept. 22 of that year, and no new waivers would beapproved after this date.

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Aug. 18, 2011—Herman Cain tells a crowdinLexington,Ky., “If Obamacare had been fully implemented when Icaught cancer, I'd be dead.”

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October 2011—White House stop work on theCommunity Living Assistance Services and Support, or CLASS Act,provision of PPACA. This was basically a public LTCI program—and apet project of the late Ted Kennedy.

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March 26, 2012—The Obama Administrationembraces the term “Obamacare.”

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June 28, 2012—Led by Chief Justice JohnRoberts, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the law on a 5-4 ruling.While the forced Medicaid expansion is ruled unconstitutional, thejustices did uphold the mandate, siding with the administration'scontention that it represented a tax.

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