Romney says “individual mandate” in Obama’s health care law is a conservative idea

What else could he say since he endorsed the same thing in Massachusetts.  But Romney has a point – as ThinkProgress points out, the lead conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, agreed with him just a few years ago.  Which goes to show you that Republican opposition to Obama’s health care law isn’t substantive, it’s just politics (he says it, so we oppose it).  We’re never going to get anything fixed in this country with the Republican party in the hands of conservatives and Teabaggers, which are really the same thing. From ThinkProgress:

Mitt Romney described the individual health mandate as a “conservative idea” yesterday afternoon on Sean Hannity’s radio show, just as the federal government asked the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the provision in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

“The idea for a health care plan [in Massachusetts] was not mine alone,” Romney explained. “The Heritage Foundation — a great conservative think tank — helped on that. I’m told Newt Gingrich, one of the very first people who came up with the idea of an individual mandate, did that years and years ago”:

ROMNEY: It was seen as a conservative idea to say, you know what? People have a responsibility for caring for themselves if they can. We’ll help people who can’t care for themselves, but if you can care for yourself, you gotta take care of yourself and pay your own bills.

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