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When Obama Ran Against The Mandate

Democrats and conservatives alike are fond of attacking Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their previous support of a health insurance mandate. But they're not the only flip-floppers: In 2008 President Obama, while debating his Democratic primary opponents and attempting to drawn a contrast, railed against the individual mandate which is now at the center of his current landmark piece of legislation. Here's a video mash up of then Senator Obama criticizing the idea of forcing individual to buy health care.

Posted on January 30, 2012, at 12:15 p.m. ET

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