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Romney Supported Federal Individual Mandate In 2009

The Republican presidential frontrunner often takes criticism for his previous support of a individual mandate. But the former Massachusetts Governor deflects blame for first implementing the idea by saying he took a state-based, "federalist" approach. In a June 2009 appearance on "Meet the Press," Romney touted both his plan and the Wyden-Bennet plan as models for national health care reform, both plans include a individual mandate. Romney's previous support for a federal mandate makes his health care positions even murkier, and has sewn doubt among conservatives that he will repeal the most controversial elements of the President's plan.

Posted on March 3, 2012, at 1:04 p.m. ET

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