Listen To Gingrich Use Romney’s And Obama’s Words To Defend The Individual Mandate

Verum Serum finds audio of Newt Gingrich touting the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in a call with health care clients from May 2009. Relying on rhetoric that echoes Mitt Romney’s and President Obama’s defense of the provision, Gingrich explains, “We believe that there should be must carry, that is everyone is expected to have health insurance or if you’re an absolute libertarian we would allow you to post a bond, but we would not allow people to be free-riders, failing to insure themselves and then showing up at the emergency room with no means of payment.” “If you have must-carry then the insurance companies told us you can have must issue and you will therefore have a system in which you don’t have to have a system of cherry picking and maneuvering.” Listen:

Gingrich’s think tank — the Center for Health Transformation — serves approximately 94 health industry corporations and lobby groups, including health insurance (BlueCross BlueShield Association, WellPoint, AHIP, UnitedHealth), health IT (L-3 Enterprise, Microsoft, IBM), and pharmaceutical companies — with each paying up to $200,000 annually. The organization also advocates for a national individual mandate.