Mitt Romney In 2009 Urged President Obama To Propose Individual Mandate
And the lessons we learned in Massachusetts could help Washington find it…
Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn’t have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages “free riders” to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others.
Even though he now says states should decide, in 2009, he said Massachusetts should be a model for the rest of the country.