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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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.
So if I single you out among all the 330 million people who live in this country to be my running mate and potentially be the Vice President of the United States, you would show your loyalty by back-stabbing me two years later when I want to run for re-election to my senate seat? Thanks for the warning.
Nice job nuking your campaign, Newt.
Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty, Romney...
As 0bama steamrolls toward reelection with a $1B campaign war chest, we`re going up against him with one of the weakest GOP fields in memory.
Let`s just nominate some old RINO ticket and get it over with....
“Staying in the Squishy Center is the Highest Form of Patriotism!!”
Dick Lugar/Chuck Hagel 2012!!
Sadly, I agree! What about Gov. Walker from WI?
Yeah, Paultard. Your guy has imploded repeatedly over the years (including recently with his statement that he would not have approved the bin Laden raid), but he isn’t on your list above. Wonder why?
Rabs is a Paultard. 'nuff said.
Back in 1986...
Reagan's words and deeds regarding immigration were equally expansive. At a ceremony at Ellis Island in 1982, he spoke movingly of immigrants who "possessed a determination that with hard work and freedom, they would live a better life and their children even more so." As with trade, Reagan's record on immigration was mixed. He signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which included stepped up border enforcement and sanctions against employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. But that legislation also legalized 2.8 million undocumented workers. More immigrants entered the United States legally under President Reagan's watch than under any previous U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt. Cato.org 4/24/04
It's unfortunate that the twentieth century's greatest president wouldn't past muster with your "no exceptions" policy.
And Newt bashes Ryan.
Newt bashes Ryan because Ryan is a Conservative. Newt is a Progressive (read: Fascist with Communist underpinnings).
Based on this Romney is the GOP’s candidate and Newt has entered the race to market Romney’s nanny static idiocy to the middle and rightwng voters