Newt Gingrich Supports Individual Health Insurance Mandates

Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, came out in favor of forcing all Americans to purchase health insurance during an appearance on Meet The Press.

Critics suggest this is typical big government establishment GOP behavior, as Gingrich joins with Romney in support of what many on the right see as an unconstitutional and overreaching government mandate to purchase a service.

Tea party activists and Libertarians are left wondering if anyone in the GOP is serious about limiting the size and scope of government. Considering the baggage Gingrich already carries into the GOP primary race, his position on individual mandates may end up pushing many in the Tea Party movement toward candidates like Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul.

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