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Santorum Doesn’t Rule Out That Romneycare Is Unconstitutional

By Igor Volsky  

"Santorum Doesn’t Rule Out That Romneycare Is Unconstitutional"

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Rick Santorum wouldn’t rule out that the sate individual mandate at the center of Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform is constitutional, during a press conference in front of the Supreme Court Monday afternoon. Santorum appeared in front of the Court as the justices began hearing a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which borrowed Romney’s mandate proposal and expanded it nationwide.

In response to a inquiry from ThinkProgress about whether or not he believed the “Romneycare mandate [is] constitutional,” Santorum remained circumspect and later refused to answer our follow-up question about repealing the mandate in Massachusetts:

VOLSKY: Senator, is the Romneycare mandate constitutional?

SANTORUM: I think, I’m having trouble hearing questions. But I would just say, whether I believe it’s constitutional. Look, ah, I don’t think, obviously I don’t think that Obamacare is constitutional and I didn’t advocate for a federal mandate at the federal level. I’ve always been for free market health care, not for government-run health care.

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Conservatives have argued that the federal requirement violates the rights of the states, but few have claimed that states shouldn’t regulate their citizens’ behavior in the health care marketplace or that state laws are forbidden from mandating the purchase of a particular product like automobile insurance.

Santorum did oppose Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) state mandate requiring women to receive HPV vaccines, describing it as “having little girls inoculated at the force and compulsion of the government.”

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