Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is already backing off his support for an individual insurance mandate.


NBC's David Gregory pointed out Sunday that in 1993, Gingrich had supported individuals being required to buy health insurance.

"You agree with Mitt Romney on this point?" Gregory asked Gingrich.

"Well, I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay — help pay for health care," Gingrich said. " I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond..."

"But that is the individual mandate, is it not?" Gregory wondered.

"It’s a variation on it," Gingrich admitted.

But after pressure from conservatives, the former House speaker released a video clarifying that he was against the individual mandate legislated in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"I am completely opposed to the Obamacare mandate on individuals... I am for the repeal of Obamacare and I am against any effort to impose a federal mandate on anyone because it was fundamentally wrong and I believe unconstitutional," he said.

Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube May 16, 2011.