Shreveport, Louisiana (CNN) - Mitt Romney announced a new team of health care advisers on Friday in Louisiana as he ramped up his attacks on President Obama's health care reform law.
But one of the five members of Romney's newly-minted "Health Care Policy Advisory Group," Stanford professor Scott Atlas, sharply criticized the former Massachusetts governor's approach to health care reform during his last presidential bid.
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Atlas, a radiologist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, supported Rudy Giuliani's Republican presidential effort in 2008 and was tasked with issuing a blistering response after Romney rolled out his first national health care plan in August 2007.
On the same day Romney announced his "federalist approach" to health care that summer, Atlas tried to discredit his plan by pointing to his support for a health insurance mandate in Massachusetts.
"Mitt Romney's legacy is the creation of a multi-billion dollar government health bureaucracy that punishes employers and insists middle income individuals either purchase health insurance or pay for their own health care," Atlas said at the time. "The former is a mandate, the latter is a tax, and neither one is free market."
The newly resurfaced criticism is another reminder of the fine line Romney is walking as he attacks Obama's health care reform law, which was modeled in part on the legislation Romney signed in Massachusetts.
Romney lavished praise on his new group of health care advisers on Friday.
"I'm honored to have the support of this thoughtful and experienced group of advisors," Romney said in a statement. "I look forward to working with them to help deliver the health care system that the American people want."