Mitt Romney's support for an individual mandate as part of his signature health care legislation in 2006 has never been in doubt. But emails unearthed between then Massachusetts Governor Romney and top staffers reveal how closely he was with the crafting of "Romneycare" and provide details on how he persuaded a skeptical Democratic legislature to adopt the provision.
The emails, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, reveal a politically savvy governor and his team seeking to maneuver a complex bill through the Massachusetts legislature. The bill became the template for President Obama's national health care law, which Romney promises to repeal if elected president.
For team Romney, it was clear from the start that a mandate would be critical.
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