Old Romney vindicated by John Roberts opinion (but new Romney vows repeal anyway)
An MIT economist who helped Mitt Romney design his health insurance program in Massachusetts says that the then-governor used reasoning and language very similar to that of Chief Justice John Roberts in arguing for the necessity of an individual mandate.
"It's a penalty for free riding on the system. That's the way Gov. Romney talked about it," saidJonathan Gruber, who later became one of the key architects of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which was modeled in part on the Romney law. "Justice Roberts used similar language today" in his opinion upholding what Romney and the Republicans have since denounced as "Obamacare."
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