The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Mitt Romney Keeps Defending the Individual Mandate This is probably the biggest reason I could never support Romney for president. At least Obama understood, at one point, that the mandate was unjust. He later compromised because "compromise" is the way he governs, but I think that at least knows he's screwing us. I don't think Romney does. Romney claims that he would work to repeal ACA. But he echoes the exact same justifications Democrats cited for the mandate.