Palin's Mandate Hypocrisy

Written by Zac Morgan on Thursday June 2, 2011

As Mitt Romney announced his bid for president, Sarah Palin took a shot at his health care plan by criticizing government mandates. But Alaska has a few of its own.

On the day Mitt Romney formally announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, former Alaska Governor took a shot at his Massachusetts health care plan by criticizing government mandates.

RealClearPolitics reports:

'[E]ven on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it's tough for a lot of us to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and in our own families and in our businessmen and women in making decisions for ourselves,' Palin said. 'Not any level of government telling us what to do.'

And yet... even her home state of Alaska has a few mandates of its own:

  • Alaska requires that you must have a copy of your policy, certificate of self-insurance, or identification card in your immediate possession when you are driving a motor vehicle.
  • If you are involved in an accident that results in bodily injury, death, or property damage exceeding $501, you will be required to show proof of insurance.
  • You must carry limits of at least $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage.
  • Alaska law requires that all companies make a written offer of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage.