Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013
March 18th, 2011
12:58 PM ET
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Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013

Washington (CNN) – A week before President Obama's historic health care law sees its one year anniversary, one of his potential presidential rivals predicted its demise.

"I think it will be repealed.  I think it'll be repealed probably by March or April of 2013," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.  That would, of course, be mere months after the next presidential inauguration.

Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, made the comments Friday at the National Press Club in Washington during a panel discussion over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The panel included another member of Gingrich's group, one from the National Center for Policy Analysis, and another from the Heritage Foundation.

"It's unfortunate that the Obama administration is stonewalling serious re-thinking of this bill," Gingrich added.  "Because in the form that it came through and the way they wrote it, it's clearly an indefensible bill."

Gingrich has made the prediction before.  But now it comes amid increasing attention on the initial stages of the Republican presidential primary race. As they decide their intentions, Gingrich and other potential candidates are jockeying for attention among conservative voters.

Gingrich recently told former staffers and supporters on a conference call he is "leaning toward a yes" on a presidential run.  Earlier this month, the Republican announced he would raise money and explore a bid.

At the panel discussion Gingrich laid out a prime reason, he thinks, the health care law will be repealed.  He said it gives 1,968 new and expanded powers to a federal government that is already "not competent" at many of its other responsibilities.

And yet, at least one item Gingrich mentioned was a disaster mismanagement seen under George W. Bush's administration.  Another item has been a problem for Republican and Democratic administrations, alike.

"No reasonable person, given the track record of the federal government – given Katrina, given the borders, given inefficiencies, given all the different things we read about everyday..." should trust the government to competently handle its new powers under the health law, Gingrich said.

Gingrich himself was a big supporter of President Bush's $400 billion Medicare prescription drug insurance plan signed into law in 2003.  The Trustees of Social Security and Medicare say that plan now sees $7.2 trillion in unfunded liabilities over the next 75 years.

Does Gingrich regret his support for the plan, he was asked.

"No," he said.

"I am for dramatic reform of Medicare," Gingrich added, explaining that he is for solutions that make Medicare more economically viable.

"All I was in favor of was modernizing the system to recognize modern medicine."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    uh NO!! by that time Newt people will start to find out the GOOD things that are in that bill and the ability to upgrade and change things to make it even better so your dream is going to go by the wayside. Besides in 2012 your bunch will more than likely be out on the streets again after middle class America keeps waking up and finding that they don't want the Koch Brothers running their lives, that the GOP did NOTHING to create jobs, and people like you and Palin and Bachmann did nothing but lie about what was in the bill anyway.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Andi

    And so will you Newtie Boy........Go play with yourself.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. ART

    Yes Mr Gingrinch its better if the health insurance Ceos manage our healthcare system, you moron. Did someone just fart oh no it just Newt opening his mouth again.Didn't know they were adult cabbage patch dolls untill I saw his fat head.

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Dean

    It will be repealed. The American public will only put up with so much of this liberal crap.

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. w l jones

    some seeeeeer the world will end before 2013 so it wont make any different, nobody will be around anyway.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. jerry

    yes this will be repealed...however, why is it constitutional for the govt to deducte medicare funds from your monthly pay checks? When they can't force you to buy insurance on the free market will they then increase your payroll taxes?

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. XWngLady

    Try it!....You and your Republican goons are not going to repeal squat. Before the Healthcare Reform bill we had millions of Americans with NO MEDICAL INSURANCE coverage and you and the GOP did absolutely NOTHING to help them....All those miliions of Americans getting screwed because of pre-existing conditions, you did squat to mitigate the insurance companies' flat out gauging of these people. Yet now, when someone, OUR PRESIDENT, actually takes the inititive to do something to help americans better afford their healthcare, all you can think about it repealing it (with NO VIABLE ALTERNATIVE I might add)....Its shameful the mentality of these self-serving, self-righteous, GOP so-called "values" leaders.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. BaggerHater

    BaggerHater: Gingrich will most likely be working at a WalMart in Georgia in 2013

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. chris

    Newt , the GOP will probably out of office in the next election.
    So go sit down!!!

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. lisaspups

    I wish he would just shut up and go away. What a blowhard!

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Bill

    I doubt that Obama will repeal his own landmark legislation as he begins a second term. Keep blowing gas Gingrich, it is all you know how to do.

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Gingrich himself was a big supporter of President Bush's $400 billion Medicare prescription drug insurance plan signed into law in 2003. The Trustees of Social Security and Medicare say that plan now sees $7.2 trillion in unfunded liabilities over the next 75 years. Does Gingrich regret his support for the plan, he was asked. "No," he said. "I am for dramatic reform of Medicare," Gingrich added, explaining that he is for solutions that make Medicare more economically viable. "All I was in favor of was modernizing the system to recognize modern medicine."
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    He's all for big-medicine as long as a republican initiates it. Newter and the rest of the fake-candidates will not even have the majority in congress after 2012 since people are now seeing what they really want to do.....NOT create jobs as they promised but to drive the usual social issues down everyone's throat

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. realitybites

    Yeah, point well made, Newt. Support one walloping waste of money b/c Bush said the republican backed s#@t tasted good but, bash another b/c Bush didn't suggest it. CNN, I really do hope you pay attention to these comments and disseminated them properly. The current Healthcare bill has large elements of it floated by the Bush administration by the KATO institute and w/ approval. Can you please do a story on that to shows the public what hasn't been made known to them very well? By the way, republicans, you probably don't know what the KATO institute is. I'll clarify, KATO institute is a LIBERATRIAN thinktank that the Neocons borrowed heavily from during the Bush years. Now put into perspective how unpopular the administration was BEFORE Obama became president and you get a recipe for Conservative failure again. Economy, Healthcare Reform (including the highly costyly Medicare bill (that was shoved down the American Public' throat),and two wars being dictated to Republicans by Liberatrians. Anyone see the pattern? It's as obvious as the spider veins on Newts grubby, greasy, old mealy mouthed face.

    March 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Rev Mkell,

    Oh does this mean that the GOP will save us all from affordable health case?? He going to let us use Medicare? Does he know the rest of the GOP wants to gut Medicare?

    March 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Lillie

    Gingrich is dreaming of becoming President in 2012 and overturning healthcare law!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Don Stack

    the only thing thats going to get rejected in 2013 is Newt Gingrich.

    March 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Dave

    Blab all you want, Newt. My big toe has a better chance of getting elected President than all of you right wing dolts combined. It's quite amusing when you try to talk like you have a measureable IQ. Then again, those of who have a measureable IQ know better.

    March 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. MHK Vet

    Ohh SHoot then how they going to treat ur pre existing conditions of Foot in Mouth disease, Sexual addiction and serious mental illness.. ohhh .. so sorry Newt u r neutered .. please get lost in oblivion of FOX ..and please take Hannity and Glenn with you ..

    March 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. cf

    I bet he considers himself "pro-life", yet he has no problem sentencing thousands of hard working Americans to death for the "crime" of not being able to afford expensive healthcare, which is what will happen with a repeal.

    March 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Kevin in TX

    People like Gingrich are why we can't have nice things.

    March 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Lizardman, you don't have half a brain so you can't think! Go find yourself another mistress. Your wife is showing her age really bad.

    March 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Wilson

    That will be a godsend to get rid of Obamacare. Several more years of him just voting present as President and the US is going to be answering to the United Nations.

    March 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Pat

    Would you PLEASE stop talking!

    March 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Scott F

    Just look at this guy's record. Do we really value a person's opinion who has cheated on all of his wives and probably is cheating on his current wife. This guy plain and simple has zero credibility and is just a plain and simple ego maniac. He is in love with himself and like most megalomaniacs has a higher opinion of himself than everyone else does.

    March 18, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Phillydan

    @NEWT: The odds of someone winning the lottery are much greater than any Repub winning in 2012! You and your fellow Repubs are ruining this nation. The health care law will be fine-tuned but will not be repealed. I guess Repubs like you like to kiss up to the Health Insurance Companies. As far as the mandate, President Obama has already made a good alternative proposal that makes sense in letting the individual States make the decision of whether to impose the mandate or not.

    Here is my question that no Repub has yet to answer and never addresses. How come in order to buy and drive a car, you are required to have auto insurance? Isn't that a pseudo-mandatory mandate? I don't see a big to do by the Repubs on repealing mandatory auto insurance!! What is the difference in having mandatory health care insurance? I think that the Repubs and Tea Party idiots don't like the healthcare bill because plain and simple they don't like Barack Obama because he is half-black. That is the real truth of the issue that nobody wants to voice......

    March 18, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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