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In July 2009, Mitt Romney called on President Obama to require Americans to buy insurance as part of his health care plan, using “tax penalties” as a backstop — in other words, the individual mandate that Republicans virulently oppose.

In a USA Today op-ed titled “Mr. President, what’s the rush?,” which is also available on MittRomneyCentral.com, Romney urged Obama to “learn a thing or two about health care reform” from his Massachusetts plan that contained the same policy, and touted it as effective.

“First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance,” Romney wrote. “Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages ‘free riders’ to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others.”

Obama opposed that approach in his 2008 campaign, and was not on board with it at the time of Romney’s op-ed, but eventually adopted it in the sweeping bill that became law March 2010. Republican voters strongly decry the mandate as egregious federal overreach, and Romney has vowed to repeal the entire law if elected President.

The revelation could damage the GOP presidential frontrunner, who has been attacked by conservatives for enacting a similar law as “Obamacare,” but has defended himself by saying such an approach is acceptable on a state level, not a federal level.

But the July 30, 2009 op-ed, dug up by Andrew Kaczynski, makes no such distinction. In fact it implies that the Massachusetts plan is ideal as a federal approach. Romney wrote that “the lessons we learned in Massachusetts could help Washington find” a “better way.”

Conservatives wasted no time taking aim at Romney.

“Democrats would have waited to spring this on us in the general election,” wrote CNN contributor Erick Erickson at his blog RedState. “Friends, if Mitt Romney is the nominee, we will be unable to fight Obama on an issue that 60% of Americans agree with us on.”

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When Willard becomes the "official" GOP nominee,the debates will prove to be much more interesting when it comes to the issue of mandates..
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When Willard becomes the "official" GOP nominee,the debates will prove to be much more interesting when it comes to the issue of mandates..
nope...he'll be exposed & come off looking like the republican version of john kerry: a flip-flopper --- he was for it before he was against it
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nope...he'll be exposed & come off looking like the republican version of john kerry: a flip-flopper --- he was for it before he was against it
Which is why I can't understand the support he is getting. Any of the candidates still left is better then him. Only one worse is Obama.
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When Willard becomes the "official" GOP nominee,the debates will prove to be much more interesting when it comes to the issue of mandates..
I don't know about that 60% claim...most of us are just waiting to see a0 ifit is stopped and b) what befits will be there if it remains.
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Which is why I can't understand the support he is getting. Any of the candidates still left is better then him. Only one worse is Obama.
Kinda shows just how weak the GOP field really is this election cycle......
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Which is why I can't understand the support he is getting. Any of the candidates still left is better then him. Only one worse is Obama.
The support is from the elite, not from regulars people imho. I think the delegates are being persuaded to go for him as the only electable.
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Which is why I can't understand the support he is getting. Any of the candidates still left is better then him. Only one worse is Obama.
Because he's the only credible candidate, as far as the mainstream is concerned.
As far as mainstream credibility (which certain members of the GOP seem to have lost sight of entirely), Romney is the only credible GOP candidate... and Obama is more credible still, and so Romney will win the GOP nomination, but Obama will beat him and win the White House again.
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Mitt is a progressive just as obama is. If he is elected obamacare will stay in place as he has no intention of getting rid of it. Mitt will be worse than obama.
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Mitt is a progressive just as obama is. If he is elected obamacare will stay in place as he has no intention of getting rid of it. Mitt will be worse than obama.
I agree......


When you add up both of their political ideas, the totals aren't much more than a nickel apart.....




~ And if this guy is still calling the shots, regardless of the behind sitting in the oval office, what's really going to change......?

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When you add up both of their political ideas, the totals aren't much more than a nickel apart.....




~ And if this guy is still calling the shots, regardless of the behind sitting in the oval office, what's really going to change......?

I love it when I get to watch Ron Paul question him from the finance committed.
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