In it, but not of it. TPM DC
"[W]e established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance," Romney wrote in a 2009 USA Today op-ed. "Using tax penalties, as we did ... encourages 'free riders' to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others."
Romney has a long public record of supporting his individual mandate -- a record he'd love to bury. But this is a rare example of him boasting that the mandate amounts to the same tax he and other Republicans are now attacking Obama for having adopted in the ACA.