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Ben Stein on Health Insurance

Did Ben Stein say that 'Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens'?

Published Oct 19, 2010

Claim:   Ben Stein said that "Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens."


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Example:   [Collected via e-mail, June 2010]


From the brilliant, functional mind of Ben Stein

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens."


 

Origins:   We don't know who originally came up with this statement about mandatory health insurance coverage, but it wasn't Ben Stein. The actor/economist/essayist replied in response to a query that it was not something he either said or wrote.

Last updated:   19 October 2010

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