Skip to comments.Gingrich Backs Obamacare's Individual Mandate Requiring Health Insurance (Newt praises Romneycare)
Posted on 05/15/2011 10:15:58 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he strongly supports a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance a position that has been rejected by many Republicans, including several who likely will be running against him for the Republican presidential nomination.
Appearing on NBCs Meet the Press, Gingrich told host David Gregory that he continues to advocate for a plan he first called for in the early 1990s as a Congressman, which requires every uninsured citizen to purchase or acquire health insurance.
Gregory asked Gingrich if he would criticize GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney, whose "Romneycare" health program enacted during his time as Governor in Massachusetts mandated that all uninsured purchase health insurance.
Gingrich replied he would not make it an issue in the campaign and said he agreed with key aspects of Romneycare.
"I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay--help pay for health care," Gingrich said, adding, "I've said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond ..."
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Time for Newt to change parties!
Bye bye, Newty!
Too many damn politicians that long for social engineering. They can all go directly to Hell.
Newt declared himself as a candidate for the Repoodlecan Party.
Sure wasn’t Republican.
Newt you effing moron. Go sit on the couch with your good friend Pelosi.
WTF??? Has Newt lost his mind? I would have never expected this from him.
Folks, it appears that the Republican Party has imploded with respect to the 2012 elections.
Romney...is...well, the father of Romneycare, the predecessor of Obamacare.
Palin shilled for McCain and has a dubious stance on amnesty.
Paul has made a fool out of himself by suggesting that the U.S. shouldn’t have assassinated Osama.
Gingrich supports Romneycare and cap-and-tax.
DeMint refuses to back away from Romney.
Shall I continue?
I mean, seriously, the field of Republican candidates is so far nothing more than a sick joke, and unless a dark horse (and I’m not talking about Bachmann here) emerges, I think we’re looking at four more years of Obama, largely thanks to Republican incompetence and ineptitude.
Your presidential aspirations just boarded a greyhound headed for retirement in Arizona...next door to the McCains.
So, if your current wife turns up defective...there's always Meghan...
With Pelosi on one side and Dede (NY23) on the other. He should run on the ‘rat ticket - a good chance of winning as their candidate. Then SARAH will chew him up and spit him out.
This must be the issue he makes to ensure he is unelectable.
I think the Republicans want to take a dive in 2012 just as they did in 2008. That way, they can Monday morning quarterback instead of taking true responsibility for the mess we're in.
I recently posted that Newt didn’t seem that bad. I take that back, seeing this. Anyone who wipes his or her ass with the US Constitution by being in favor of the individual mandate won’t get my vote.
Candidates that will not get my support period, so far! I do not trust them!
Pelosi put earwigs in his head when he coddled up to her on the Group-W sofa.
Newt ended his chances the same day he declared. Now that’s a first.
Not hard to tell which side of the fence they are on and it’s unfortunately not ours.
The arrogance of these men is sad.
Good point but Newt made himself clear awhile back saying ‘The Reagan Era is over’, being a global warming believer and his undying support for the liberal Dede (NY23) who ended up throwing her support behind the rat in the race and against the conservative.
It's not nonsense - she went to Arizona to shill for a full-on leftist Obama lap dog and defend him on immigration.
I for one am not surprised as he has sided with the other side numerous times before & is a classic RINO & I hope the Republicans will not make him the nominee for President.
Like I said - you are harping on nonsense. Keep it up - like I said ‘your harp’ shows who/what you are. Everyone else knows who Sarah is and what she is about. This is a conservative site - not a dummy site. I remember your antics in ‘08 and now I see a repeat of it.
agreed. I had not idea.
Bye Newt you are finished!
Newt is a very intelligent man but he’s also very mentally undisciplined and unprincipled. He never seems to back-check his logic to see if it holds water and is grounded in facts. A great many of his conclusions are based on flimsy leaps of reasoning.
Bye Newt you are finished!
Bye Newt you are finished!
Gingrich has a compulsion to be the be the smartest guy in the room, thus this pathologically self-destructive pose. The best place for him is academia where he can do this without consequences to the nation.
Cute photo of a phony. Gingrich, Romney, et al, cannot win in the general election for one simple reason: I will work my ass off to defeat them.
Sure, I'm "harping on nonsense" just like all the folks who were here publicly warning about Bush before conservatives stupidly elected him into office.
The fact of the matter is that Palin willingly traveled to Arizona to campaign for an undisputed RINO. While there, she wrote an op-ed for The Arizona Republic in which she stated that she had admired McCain for years before the 2008 election, even making reference to his fighting conservatives. While there, she publicly declared that she agreed with his position on immigration (which was still in favor of a blanket amnesty) and that McCain was a member of the Tea Party. All of these statements are verifiable in media outlets both liberal and conservative.
To date, she has not repudiated any of her public statements regarding McCain or her agreement with his stance on immigration (amnesty).
Keep it up - like I said your harp shows who/what you are.
And that is what, precisely?
If you want to make accusations, then by all means, go for it.
Everyone else knows who Sarah is and what she is about.
One can only speak for himself or herself; pretending to speak out on behalf of "everyone" is rather arrogant, don't you think?
This is a conservative site - not a dummy site.
Then why were the majority of folks here jumping up and down for McCain - even though he's not a conservative - in 2008?
Conservatives need to draw the line and start supporting candidates who consistently adhere to conservative values and who steadfastly advocate for conservative positions, no exceptions.
Unfortunately for the Republican Party, that pretty much rules out about most of their "mainstream" candidates.
Exactly what I was thinking.
Goodbye Newt and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. The man must have a persecution complex. Why would he even be on FOX anymore?
Agree. Weak field. Sad really.
Palin has more than proven she is a worthy conservative and has been leading the fight against Obama for the past two years.
You are looking for the perfect candidate who is 100% pure in your eyes. That candidate doesn't exist. Reagan wasn't perfect. Goldwater was far less perfect (in fact he arranged an abortion for his daughter in the days when abortion was illegal).
I want Sen DeMint to run!
So Newt Gingrich has joined the legions who believe the United States should opt for a Marxist future and who feel that the constitutional limits on the power of the government are illegitimate.
Too bad; when did that happen?
I just don’t get the attraction to centrally governing all citizens — it’s a idea that’s completely #’d up. Newt has been on this road for a while, so I’m not surprised he’s waving the Federal health care flag. It’s a shame though, he had a particular Conservative trait that he articulated well. Unfortunately, his appeal towards Socialism trumps his flirtations with Liberty.
He makes Ron Paul look even better.
Newt isn’t just toast...but burnt toast.
I don’t get his thinking at all.
He's an elitist Republican, that's normal thinking for *them*.
You’ll just have to vote for yourself for President then. Most of the rest of us will choose the best human running and for most that will be Palin.
Sorry, Newt, we already have somebody to ruin our economy and health care system.
Seriously does anyone believe the GOP anymore about anything?
The establishment has been hijacked by the progressives...
I respectfully disagree.
Newt is not as smart as many think and he is a Politician (I use that word as an epithet). If he was in any setting where he could influence students they would end up with the same, wishy-washy, "triangulating" philosophy as Newt.
I know that he’s an elitist Republican...or at least he thinks of himself that way.
The one thing I need to remember is that he’s one who sticks his finger in the wind.
He’s an opportunist more than he’s an elitist.
He sure was with his global warming fiasco appearance with San Fran Nan.
To me that was as bad as his backing of *The Scuzzy Woman* in the NY House of Rep. race.
Who are you supporting, rabs?
‘I just dont get the attraction to centrally governing all citizens...’
Existential unceratainty and fear are as old as Mankind.
Especially in view of the absence of religious faith, many want to substitute an all powerful government for an all powerful God.
Unfortunately, government is unlimited in stupidity and incompetence; God, meanwhile, is unlimited in knowledge, wisdom, and insight.