Gingrich repeats slam of 'Obamacare,' takes aim at health care law passed under Romney
May 25th, 2011
07:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich repeats slam of 'Obamacare,' takes aim at health care law passed under Romney

Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) – On Wednesday during a town hall discussion on health care, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich repeated his frequent criticism of the nation's health care law that critics brand, "Obamacare," calling it unconstitutional and unfair.

And yet Gingrich also took aim at the Massachusetts health care law passed under the governorship of potential presidential rival Mitt Romney, who is expected to officially declare a presidential bid after his current exploratory phase.

"'Obamacare' will be repealed. As will similar programs in the states," Gingrich predicted. Later in his address to a room full of voters in Derry, the former House speaker specifically mentioned the Massachusetts law.

As he's frequently done before, Gingrich explained the conservative disdain for the individual mandate - the provisions in the national and Massachusetts laws that require most Americans to buy health insurance as a way to lower overall costs.

"In addition to the unconstitutional nature of individual and employer mandates, we are learning that they simply don't work," Gingrich said.

He reasoned that the measures require the government to specify exactly what coverage must be included in insurance for it to qualify - and lead to political considerations in determining those minimum standards.

"The resulting costs to the taxpayer - and strain on the budget - leads the government to try and control health care costs by limiting health care services. The inevitable result is rationing by a nameless, faceless, unaccountable board of government bureaucrats. This has been the sad, unworkable path now being followed by Gov. Deval Patrick in Massachusetts," Gingrich said.

Instead, Gingrich explained, if he were president he'd work toward an alternative that would provide "a free market framework for health care, provide affordable, portable and reliable health care coverage, and establish a health care safety net focused on those in need."

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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. chris24

    you only get good healthcare if you are in congress these days.

    newt really wants to be president so he can save a few bucks.

    May 25, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. John

    Newt Gingrich should not even be able to run for President. The man was Forces to resign from congress, and I think anybody that was kick out of Congress, should not be able to run for any pubic office. And he all so cheated on two wife.

    May 25, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Republican Robber Baron

    " if he were president he'd work toward an alternative that would provide "a free market framework for health care, provide affordable, portable and reliable health care coverage, and establish a health care safety net focused on those in need."

    We already have a "free market framework" Newt. Yet again the perpetual hypocrite slams his rival to gain points for the nomination...while at the same token ignores the fact people don't want you to mess with their Medicare.

    Newt can't hide from his own comment " Radical Right-Wing Social Engineering" to describe his own party's official stance on privatization of Medicare. ( Hint: that means elimination of Medicare )

    May 25, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Ka-Chunk! The messaging machine has been cranked up again. They have broken huddle are everyone has their piece of an overall message to put out. They are desparately looking for a lifeline to change the national conversation away from killing Medicare. Which Newt Gingrich showed up now? Old Newt who favored mandates, or neo-Newt who is against mandates.

    May 25, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Thankfully Independent

    After his fiasco with Ryan's Medicare/Medicade brain fart, Gingrich is trying to rattle his conservative cojones to prove that he's one of them. Sadly, Newt is becoming pure rhetoric and no substance.

    May 25, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. thomas

    Gingrich explained, if he were president he'd work toward an alternative that would provide "a free market framework for health care !

    Newt , your a Lobbyist ! And you will never be president ! Go take up golf or take your grandkids to the zoo !

    Like David Brooks said , he wouldn't trust you to go get milk at 7 Eleven !

    May 25, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. lou

    Gingrich
    Flip and flop
    Flop and flip
    GO AWAY AND STAY AWAY PLEASE

    May 25, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's easy to be critical, when you have no plan of your own, except the disgraceful "Ryan plan", which will leave most of Americans uninsured.

    May 25, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America!

    Lost in their driveling lunacy is the historical fact that the GOBPbaggers were the ones that came up with the ideas underpinning the ACA. Now they can't run away from it fast enough. So much for intellectual honesty. These radical right wing extremists have no shame!

    May 25, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    "a free market framework for health care, provide affordable, portable and reliable health care coverage, and establish a health care safety net focused on those in need."

    Uh, you stupid salamander, that is what we have today, and look how well that has worked out.

    Go to Tiffany's, buy a Cartier egg, and see me for further instructions on what to do with it.

    May 25, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. DALE

    The best think that Gingrich has said was that there was room for extremists on either side. In this he was right, but then that party got a hold of him and pulled him back into the goose step march. What a shame.

    May 25, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |