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Newt Gingrich Wanted A Mandate In 2010

Newt Gingrich doesn't shy away from addressing his previous support for an individual mandate. But conservatives might be surprised to hear he was arguing for a mandate in ObamaCare as late as 2010. Gingrich, in this 2010 interview with Big Think right before Scott Brown's election to Senate, calls for individuals who don't want to buy health insurance to post a bond.

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"I think everybody, certainly we at the Center for Health Transformation would like to see 305 million Americans with health insurance, or with some form of financial coverage. We would accept the libertarian argument that if you don’t want to buy health insurance, you could be allowed to post a bond or in some other way to be financial responsible, but we do think everybody should be in a position to have healthcare without having to rely on the state, or rely on charity.

Having said that, we don’t want a singer payer system, we don’t want a government dominated system, we don’t want a bureaucratically imposed system. We want a system where the individual and their doctor have a relationship that’s direct and where the individual has substantial choices and substantial opportunity to make responsible decisions."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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