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The Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act in the next two weeks, with most of the attention focused on the individual mandate that requires people to purchase health care if they are not already covered.

The folks on the right continue to howl that the mandate is not only unconstitutional, it represents a Marxist overreach by the government. 

Here is a quote from a presidential candidate who disagrees.

Some of my libertarian friends balk at an individual mandate. But is it libertarian to insist that government pick up the tab for those without insurance or means to pay? An uninsured libertarian might counter that he could refuse the free care, but under law, that is impossible — and inhumane.

That’s not President Obama talking. It is  Mitt Romney just six years ago, in an email making the conservative case for the individual health care mandate that was the foundation of his health care reform plan in Massachusetts.

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