Gingrich Organization Supported Health Care Mandate This Morning

November 17, 2011 3:41 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

When Mitt Romney said at a recent GOP debate that he "got the idea of an individual mandate" in Massachusetts' health care law from Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House conceded that he had supported it in the early 1990s, but only to help Republicans kill "Hillarycare." However, Gingrich has explicitly supported a mandate in the past few years, and Mother Jones' David Corn today uncovered perhaps the most damning evidence yet of Gingrich's hypocrisy.

As of this morning, the Center for Health Transformation, a for-profit think tank founded by Gingrich, was promoting a requirement "that anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase insurance or post a bond." Corn grabbed this screenshot from the organization's website, which appears to have been scrubbed: