Reports the Wall Street Journal via ABC News:
To conservatives, the biggest strike against Mitt Romney is the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, but Newt Gingrich lavished praise on Romney’s plan after it was passed in 2006. [Pols emphasis]
“We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100 percent insurance coverage for all Americans,” Gingrich wrote in 2006. And, Gingrich wrote, the key to achieving that goal was doing what Romney did in Massachusetts: Requiring everybody who could afford it to buy health insurance…
“Individuals who can afford to purchase health insurance and simply choose not to place an unnecessary burden on a system that is on the verge of collapse; these free-riders undermine the entire health system by placing the onus of responsibility on taxpayers.”
We’re pretty sure that Mitt Romney, or for that matter Barack Obama himself, could not have said it better. Obviously this takes considerable wind out of Newt Gingrich’s fervent attacks on Romney. But perhaps more importantly, this kind of thing is exactly what Obama needs to expose conservative hypocrisy underlying attacks against him over health care reform.
Not that Romney needs any more help in this department.