WASHINGTON (OfficialWire) — A top adviser says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn’t see the health care mandate as a tax but as a penalty or a fee or even a fine.

That’s a different view from Republicans who are condemning the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law as a tax instead of a penalty, as Obama prefers to call it.

Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told MSNBC on Monday that Romney thinks those without health coverage pay a penalty rather than a tax.

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