Newt and the Mandate

| Fri Dec. 16, 2011 4:25 AM EST

The New York Times has uncovered yet another instance of Newt Gingrich supporting an individual mandate for health insurance:

Although he now says he is opposed to the so-called individual mandate, in a May 2009 conference call — previously unreported — he told health care executives, “We believe there should be must-carry; that is, everybody should have health insurance, or if you’re an absolute libertarian, we would allow you to post a bond.”

I imagine Newt will have yet another too-clever-by-half explanation for this, but there's now quite a track record of him being a big fan of the mandate. At some point, his denials just aren't going to wash any longer.

There's also more in the article about his relentless lobbying-that-wasn't-really-lobbying. His explanations for this are getting a little frayed around the edges too.