Gingrich pushed the individual mandate in 2009
While wondering around Facebook and Twitter yesterday, I saw quite a few of my conservative friends — proud members of the anti-Romney faction in the Republican Party — pointing to video from 2006 where then Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was preparing to sign RomneyCare into law.
The reason the video is getting play is because Romney notes that he collaborated with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in pushing the law through, obviously a moment that’ll make many Republican groan, and rightfully so:
The Massachusetts healthcare reform law, which — as we’ve noted many times here before, including today, served as the template for Obama. But conservatives that hammer Romney on this issue and push Newt Gingrich as the alternative are conveniently forgetting that he supported many of the same ideas that became part of RomneyCare, and later ObamaCare.
Over the weekend, Verum Serum posted audio from a May 2009 Center for Health Transformation conference call where Gingrich very clearly calls for some form of a requirement on individuals to purchase health insurance coverage:
This isn’t exactly a shocker or a new revelation. Gingrich has pushed for this for years, going back to at least 1993. If you’ll recall, this specific issue was brought up to him by David Gregory to which Gingrich replied, “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”:
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care if you hammer Romney on the healthcare issue. Personally, I think that he takes the high-ground away from Republicans if he does manage to win the nomination. But for all of Romney’s faults on the issue, Gingrich largely shares them.