Health-Care Overtime

Both candidates stampede the moderators after the commercial break by forcing a continued discussion of health care.

Obama cites the Massachusetts plan as an example of mandates gone bad. “They have exempted 20 percent of the uninsured, since they’ve concluded they can’t afford it,” he says. “Now they’re worse off than they were.” Is Deval Patrick listening?

Clinton points out that Obama’s plan has a mandate that forces parents to insure their children at risk of penalty, which he acknowledges. It gets at the crux of their disagreement: Why create a mandate for children but not for adults?

She also saves her strongest point for the end: “We would not have Social Security if everyone did not have to participate.”