Skip to comments.Gingrich Backs Obamacare's Individual Mandate Requiring Health Insurance (May 2011)
Posted on 11/14/2011 9:56:04 PM PST by mean ogre
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 played a clip of Gingrich speaking during an appearance on Meet the Press in October 1993:
I am for people, individuals -- exactly like automobile insurance -- individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance. And I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals, on a sliding scale, a government subsidy so we insure that everyone as individuals have 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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All are blemished, but I’ll take the guy who was for the mandate before saying now he’s against it (I hope that’s so!) over the guy who instituted the mandate and now says he is against it.
On this basis, I simply can't support Newt as Presidential candidate. It's not the only reason, but it is a very critical, contemporary issue.
Newt actually supports such Commerce Clause Tyranny?
Just damn. He's as bad as Romney. He talks a good game, but when the rubber hits the road, he's a would-be globalist, socialist Tyrant.
This is to be our choice? Gingrich or Romney?
If so, we are doomed.
Not good. Repeal of ObamaCare in its entirety should be standard for any conservative candidate.
Yup. Another RINO.
Newt, while a great guy, is a walking time bomb that makes him unelectable. If Newt did not have the baggage, he would make a great candidate. But that baggage is an anchor so heavy that even the best ship can’t move it.
Say it ain’t so, Joe!
Just picture Newt’s fat derriere up in the air as he burrows behind the cushions on your couch for spare change that might be there to help pay for his Newtacare.
Looks like the options are down to Cain being the first choice, Santorum second, and Bachmann third.
All you have to worry about is:
Is Newt more conservative than Mitt or Barack?
Everything else is wishing!
I won’t vote for “more conservative”. I want a real conservative or no sale.
This is a dealbreaker for me. This one issue decides if we are a command-economy Soviet America, or if we are a capitalist society after all.
Palin would be a vast improvement over Mr. Gingrich.
And here's another lengthy interview on the same subject http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXSrVg6OKiU&feature=related
With Cain tanking fast and Gingrich rising and Romney holding steady, only one thought comes to my mind.........WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
Cain was the last hope of electing a solid conservative, but it looks like the media and the Democrat machine has destroyed him.
Our only hope of ridding ourselves of ObamaReidPelosiCare rests with one man, Justice Anthony Kennedy. We know which four will strike it down (Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia) and which four will vote to uphold it (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagen). Kennedy is the swing man. If he upholds then we are screwed. Obama will never repeal it and Romeny of Gingrich should they defeat Obama won’t repeal it either.
Our only hope now is retaking the Senate, because the White House is out of reach, whether it’s Obama or Romney.
I have no idea why he is running...
Newt loves HC mandates always has
Bachmann, Cain or Santorum. That is the only hope for getting a conservative. I don’t want to have to plug my nose again, but its looking more likely we’ll have a repeat of 2008 (and 96, 92, 76). DeMint should have run.
This is from 5/18 a few days after his infamous David Gregory interview.
SCOTUS is one big fat joke. I have zero respect for them anymore. They don’t follow the law they follow their party. Kagan the bull $#%# has NO BUSINESS voting on this, she should recuse herself but she won’t.
Thank you for the refutation, this is a bump to study it later.
That seals his fate alone regardless of any other outstanding skill.
“Another one bites the dust”
SNIFF SNIFF.....Sign up date 11/11/2011 .....Welcome to FR. Member for ONE whole day before you sign up to bash Gingrich. Do you bash Cain under your old or other screen name?
This gets me to thinking that perhaps Newt is not the conservative I thought he was turning towards. How can he as a believer in the Constitution think health insurance is more of a national matter then a drivers license as a matter for national and individual freedom? Allowing individuals a federal to obtain health insurance is much different than mandating all individuals have some form of government sponsored insurance. If I don’t drive I don’t need auto insurance.
He realized he’d be sunk if he did not walk that back. And he is lying about what transpired with David Gregory; it wasn’t only the clip from 93, it was his current statement on the day of the interview as well.
You can always vote for Obongo, no worries then, he’s not a real conservative or more conservative, he’s just a plain old Marxist and that’s always better. With people like you I have resigned myself to the fact that we will have 4 more years and if we don’t take the Senate America is 100% screwed.
How’s it going, pissant?
Nope. I signed up because I saw Cain being hammered by Fib Newtons and wanted to respond.
I suspect mean ogre doesn’t care about that, I think his sign up date and the fact that he posted this proves what his agenda is. I smell a rat.
Ok, time will tell. I’ll take you at your word for now.
Sure she would, but she’s not running is she? So the question is, which candidate is a vast improvement over the halfrican Marxist Muslim loving Kenyan homo? The answer is all of them. ANYONE BUT OBONGO.
My preference is Bachmann, followed by Cain, Perry, Santorum, Newt, Paul, Huntsman, Johnson, Roemer, that gay guy in CA, then Romney, in that order. Any would be better than Obama, but that isn’t saying much.
Where is Sarah Palin now that we really need her?
I was so much nicer in the old days, when n00bs couldn’t start threads. We’re just leaving ourselves wide open to campaign hacks and trolls now.
Actually, fox just ran a commercial saying she was going to be doing On The Record, I think tomorrow, to talk about her “pick.” I don’t know what that means, but its got my attention.
We are prevailing.
Just curious, but what criteria did you used to have to meet to be allowed to post a thread?
How about the guy that was always against it, and is known for a pretty good debate performace arguing against HillaryCare?
Stand naked in front of your monitor and sing "I'm a Little Teapot".
He supported Hillarycare, too.
Newt has baggage blah, blah,....Newt has baggage blah, blah,....So Obama doesn’t huh? Does Cain have baggage? Romney? Bachman? Rick? Paul? Huntsman? I rest my case.
Newt will replace ObamaKare with NewtKare.
Perry doesn't support amnesty - he just wants to let illegals become citizens and give them more free stuff.
Herman Caine isn't ready for Prime Time.
No one but the democrats believe Romney.
Ron Paul would start WW-III and it would take place right here.
No one can remember the names of those other people who get into the debates.
I won’t let a man be ruined by allegations based on hearsay.
Newt is being justly haunted by his RINO factual past.
I’ll Stay with Cain
Ouch. I like Newt - but wow.