Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013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Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013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"I think it will be repealed.  I think it'll be repealed probably by March or April of 2013," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.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At the panel discussion Gingrich laid out a prime reason, he thinks, the health care law will be repealed.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. GI Joe

    It won't be pres. Gingrich that has any say. You're a horrible person, and no one I know will let you back in our fed. gov.

    March 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. obama victim

    sure would be nice just to repeal democraps while we are at it

    March 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. sara

    Selling a Pig for political purposes only. Isn't he a "has been" and moralistic misfit on anything. Where in the world do these people come from? Are they living in ancient times?

    March 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Ferret out the B.S.

    Newt's view of health care reform is to do absolutely nothing that might help those that need affordable health care and put legislation in place that ensures higher costs and profits for health care business.

    March 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. beevee

    Newt will not have any power to do it. He may be dreaming of it. Once american public becomes more informed about the bill they may actually see the long term benefits of it and stop their congressmen from repealing it. Teh Whitehuse and the administration shuld put a moe positive spin and publicize the benefits of the reform. The democrats are not doing a good job at it.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Tony

    I think Mr. Gingrich is incorrect. One thing I despise during presidential elections is all the song and dance of will I or won't I run. When each one already know if they will or they won't. Come out of the Closet already Mr. Gingrich. Mr. Gingrich was a great speaker but would not make a good President.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. kevin

    who really cares what this Adulter thinks anyway, Newter yiou will never be the President Of The United States Of America. I don't think this I know this. You stupid arrogrant wife cheating dummy, no go find you a woman to cheat on you wife with, and blame on loving you country. This man is a complete and utter A/S/S..

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt you ignorant pile of crap! If you read the Affordable Health Care bill instead of listening to Fox talking points, you would find it is constitutional. (With the exception of the special interest judge in Florida, who threw out the whole thing.) We have been subject to your lying long enough. If you had been president, we would now be engaged in a third war in Iran and a fourth one in Libya. Just STFU.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. AEK

    Dear CNN,
    I AM SO SORRY!!!! I was one of the biggest critics of your incessant reporting of every little thing Sarah Palin did or comment she made. I now know that there is something worse, the daily updates on the Newter. This "man" is such the poster child for the failed policies of the Republican Party and yet you can't seem to get enough of him. At least with Ms. Palin, it was funny. There is nothing amusing about this obese, hypocritical bag o' wind. So, please accept my sincere apology and bring back Wasilla Barbie and I promise I will NEVER criticize you again...really, I promise!

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Jay

    Newt lives in a fantasy world. In his world, those that cannot afford health care are left to die or overburden the emergency rooms of hospitals, which in the long run will cost us taxpayers much more than if there IS a health care law. Foolish old man.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. aaron in MN

    Health care reform was a gift to the insurance companies and the pharma industry. they don't want it repealed. This is all grandstanding for the misinformed base of the republican party.

    I was recently told by a friend that because he's educated and can think for himself he votes republican. This is true, republicans are educated on politics. The only problem, they've been educated by con men. The road to hell is paved with republicans.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. KM

    The government, will never take back something of this magnitude that they have already given to you. I would love to hear one entitlement where this has happened. If you don't like it, work on changing it but it won't be repealed by any of the branches of government except the judicial branch. And that would only happen if it is deemed unconstitutional and that would be based on a court decision, not whether you like it or not.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Name Creole

    OMG!!!!! Will someone tell this dude to shut up!!!!!!!!!!! Again they.....The Republic party of NO!!!!! Want's to turn the USA into a Third World Country!!!!!! Obama tried to tell you all that voted for them not to give them the KEY'S.....and what are they doing driven your cars busting them up and setting them on FIRE!!!!! To hide are what you VOTED FOR.......and in another way of putting it YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!! Haaaaaaa...this is so sad for Americans law makers to act like this...SO SAD!!!

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I predict that by 2013, Newt will be on his fourth wife, and he will be leading the fight for GOP family values.

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

    When will Newt stop his day dreams!!! Slowly am getting tired of him even before the real battle kicks off!

    March 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Run, Newt, Run

    Thank you CNN for keeping Newt in the news. He must be the candidate to run against Obama. He is the great white hope for all southerners still hurting from 1865.

    March 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Biggge

    I believe we will all be driving Cadillac's by 2014, see I can do the same thing... I never listen to a person who was caught cheating on his wife.. Maybe he predicted getting caught also, Sale your books elsewhere....

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Newt are you a prophet now? You, GOP/Teas with all your so-called-Pro-life-values, would rather take away Healthcare from Americans who need it than roll up your sleeves and work on our REAL problems!

    You took away $5 million in funding for NPR yesterday, while continuing to allow BIG OIL to pay LITTLE in taxes! While BIG OIL makes billions upon billions! Your so-called-Christian values are NOT!

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    "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"

    If you add 7.2 trillion to W's 5-6 trillion (depending if you add the wars or not), then that means...........Newt is in favor of a 12-13 trillion dollar debt that was made waaaay before Obama became president and makes his 2.5-3 trillion (if you add the wars or not) look like a drop in the bucket that was mostly done to benefit the American people (unless you believe Limbaugh and his union facts). Newt.....go home and try not to cheat on this wife, we don't want you.

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. jon

    The Republicans are in favor of "dramatic reform of Medicare" as Gingrich calls it. Actually, they want to scale it way back so that the "boomers" don't have good coverage and just die earlier. That also gets a lot of Social Security payments out of the way as well. Thanks Newt!

    March 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. seriously???

    Can't wait for the primaries to see these disgusting Republicans devour each other with all the whips and chains they keep in their closets. I have not seen a single Republican candidate with a thousandth fraction of integrity compared with Obama.

    March 18, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Peggy - TX

    Anything to get attention .. right Newt. That is how the GOP presidential nomination race game is played these days ….say any thing to get stupid people to send you money for your pretend Presidential campaign. Newt is such a tool, has no change of winning the nomination, as he has exactly ZERO credibility. Yet, he lies, lies and lies some more, just like he lied to his many wives. He clearly has no moral conflict with lying to a bunch of idiots who feed off his hate and send him money.

    March 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Tony

    Unless your party comes up with a credible candidate (Romney, Huckabee, and you all have baggages: Romney has the Massachusetts health care plan which is almost exactly the same as the Obama plan, Huckabee only cares about social issues and only appeals to the social and religious conservatives, and your ethical problems cost you your House Majority Leader job. Democrats don't need to worry about Palin, because even Republicans are giving up on Palin. As for Trump, Republicans will never go for someone who went bankrupt several times) your party is stuck with doing useless things like defunding the NPR. Assuming, of course, that Republicans keep the House in 2013 after doing nothing to help the economy.

    March 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Sharon

    Newt this info isn't acceptable! This is one reason you won't be a real contender against Obama! The $105,400,000 to pre-pay insurance which Obama has already instituuted–given $16 billion dollars to Pelosi-and Kathy Sebelius to use at their own discretion-SHOULD BE STOPPED NOW! NOT LATER!

    Most people expect it-while others are demanding it! 2013 is too late and Newt you know it!

    Trump is the man of the hour for the White House! He is the only one who will take action–keep his word–demand results–and will get results-PLUS-ALL THE NATION'S LEADERS KNOW HIM!

    Trump can restore America back to its deserved crediility!

    March 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Not soon enough.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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