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Romney Debates Romney About Health-Care Reform: Michael Kinsley

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- OK, let’s go through this one more time. In 2006, Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, guided to passage, signed with a flourish and implemented with fanfare a health-care reform law for his state.

It was intended to achieve universal health coverage -- a long-standing liberal goal that was not even on the Democrats’ national agenda, let alone the Republicans’, at the time. Of the available models, Romney chose one developed in part by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Its central provision was an “individual mandate,” requiring everyone to carry health insurance (and subsidizing those who couldn’t afford it).