The Romney campaign has issued a release highlighting Newt Gingrich’s support for a federal individual mandate, similar to the provision included in the Affordable Care Act. “THERE IS NO DENYING IT … GINGRICH ADVOCATED FOR THE OBAMACARE MANDATE,” the release says in capital letters and shows a picture depicting the former House Speaker as an “unreliable leader”:
But Romney himself had repeatedly called for a national responsibility requirement before launching his bid for the presidency and even flirted with maintaining the ACA’s provision as recently as April 2010.
Below is a table matching every quote the Romney campaign is touting as evidence of Gingrich’s support for the individual requirement with one of Romney’s own endorsements:
|GINGRICH: “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. [5/11/2009]||ROMNEY: “We’re not going to have free riders…And that`s a model which I think has some merit more generally.” [PBS, 6/5/2006]|
|GINGRICH: “I am for people, individuals – exactly like automobile insurance – individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance.’ [6/16/2011]||ROMNEY: “The government of course has a lot of mandates…mandates kids go to school, mandates they have to have auto insurance if they have an automobile. And my conservative friends say, well we don’t have to have automobiles, well what state do you live in? Of course you have to have automobiles in this nation.” [Fox News, 9/14/2011]|
|GINGRICH: “I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay – help pay for health care. And, and I think that there are ways to do it that make most libertarians relatively happy. I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond or in some way you indicate you’re going to be held accountable.” [5/15/2011]||HERITAGE EXPLAINS ROMNEY’S ORIGINAL PLAN: “Romney proposed that state residents either purchase health insurance or, if they chose not to do so, “self insure” by posting a $10,000 bond that could be put towards the cost of any hospital care they might use but be unable to afford.” [4/20/2006]|