In this 2009 Meet The Press interview Mitt Romney comes out in full-throated support of the individual mandate as a solution to America's healthcare crisis.
That was a year before the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress that included Romney's model individual mandate. Since the passage for the ACA Romney had been mostly running away from his own health care reform in Massachusetts.
But in the last 24 hours, Romney spokespeople have pointed out that laid off workers would be able to keep their health insurance under the insurance reform legislation he created in Massachusetts. Needless to say, this has caused a meltdown among Republicans who do not want anything to do with providing health insurance to the working poor.
Appearing on behalf of the Romney campaign last night on Fox News spokeswomen Adrea Saul told Bill Hemmer,
SAUL: To that point, you know, if people had been in Massachusetts under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care. There are a lot of people losing their jobs and their health care in President Obama’s economy.Saul repeated this statement twice last night on Fox and again this morning. These statements have not been met with universal approval.
OMG.This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election.Wow. politico.com/news/stories/0…
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 8, 2012
And today, Rush Limbaugh weighed in,
It should not go unnoticed that no one has questioned the accuracy of Saul's statement.