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This week, the federal government will appear before the Supreme Court to argue for the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The government will maintain, in part, that requiring everyone to purchase health insurance can eliminate “free riders” from the health care system and lower the nation’s spending on uncompensated care.
Interestingly, Mitt Romney has made the same argument since he mandated health care coverage in Massachusetts and continues to echo these claims in his presidential bid. So here — in one video — is Romney making the Obama administration’s policy case for requiring everyone to purchase insurance: