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Mitt gets it right on the under-26 health mandate

In the process of winning last night's presidential debate, Governor Romney clarified where he stands on the ObamaCare under-26 mandate. 

Romney & Obama - Denver Debate - Oct 3, 2012

(That's the mandate that lets adults stay on their parents' health insurance policy up to age 26.)

The mandate polls well. So Congressional Republicans have been reflexively assuming they have to "keep" this part of ObamaCare, after they repeal the rest of the unpopular law.

But listen to what Mr. Romney had to say about it in Denver last night:

[Under my health care plan,] young people are able to stay on their family plan. That's already offered in the private marketplace. You don't have to have the government mandate that for that to occur.

Bingo. Mitt for the win!

Private insurers can, and many already do, offer "adult dependent coverage."

Gov. Romney appears to recognize that, as we've explained elsewhere, the under-26 mandate is both harmful and unnecessary -- and should therefore be repealed with the rest of ObamaCare. 

Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks' Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy. He leads our efforts to reverse the government takeover of health care and adopt a patient-centered approach.


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Pete Berry

The age 26 and under dependent coverage mandate was never a mandate that insurance companies offer coverage for dependents up to age 26. It was a mandate that employers PURCHASE coverage for dependents up to age 26.