Mitt Romney on the individual mandate, a core concept in both RomneyCare and ObamaCare:
“The idea for the health care plan was not mine alone. The Heritage Foundation, a great conservative think tank, helped on that. I’m told that Newt Gingrich was one of the very first people to come up with idea of the individual mandate — did that years and years ago. It was conceived — it was seen as a conservative idea to say, you know what, people have a responsibility to care for themselves if they can.”
All of which is true, of course. Every last word of it.
It was a conservative idea, right up until the time that Barack Obama decided to incorporate it into his own health-care plan, at which point it became the greatest horror ever imposed upon a free people by a Marxist Kenyan usurper. And the shamelessness of that ideological flip still astounds.
– Jay Bookman