Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013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Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013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"I think it will be repealed.  I think it'll be repealed probably by March or April of 2013," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.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At the panel discussion Gingrich laid out a prime reason, he thinks, the health care law will be repealed.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. sjs52987

    Everything this man says is just a talking point. He does nothing but agree with existing GOP ideas. What does he actually believe? When will he propose new ideas?

    March 18, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That is probably true........unless the Supreme Court throws it out, in its entirety before then.

    March 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Liberal4Obama

    By then Gingrich will be with his 5th wife

    March 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. NTBA

    The company I work for has been pressuring employees into choosing the HSA health insurance plan for years. This is what Republicans favor — that everyone is on their own when it comes to paying for doctor's visits and prescriptions. I fell for the hype and jumped on the bandwagon. Now my prescriptions cost $50 more per bottle, adding over 1,200 dollars per year to my healthcare expenses. That wipes out everything I put into the HSA account every month, with nothing left over for office visits. So I'll be looking into getting my prescriptions from Canada. If healthcare gets any more expensive here in the U.S., maybe I should look into becoming a Canadian citizen. We've already reached a point where healthcare in the U.S. is a privilege for the well-to-do. My parents and grandparents never had to pay more than $10 for anything — insurance covered the rest. We've all been duped by greedy corporations, and half the country is too stupid to realize it.

    March 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. derDunkelRover

    He found out it didn't automatically cover mistresses.

    March 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. CaliforniaBC

    It funny...not much of what Gingrich says has ever come true so why would anyone place any credibility on this assessment. He wants to talk about stonewalling, he needs to look inwards, at his own party that offered nothing of substance to the reform. Despite this the Democrats included NUMEROUS GOP ideas in the bill including the individual mandate. So the GOP don't have much of anything to complain about.

    March 18, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Constitution believer

    Dream on, Newt. Unless he means it'll be replaced by a single-payer system, to eliminate the enormous waste of funds going to all the unnecessary duplicate greed-driven bureaucracies, the insurance companies. In that case he's absolutely right.

    March 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. janetlaw

    No foresight at all – what does he think is going to happen when ERs can no longer take people who don't have insurance? Yes that's right, kiddies, all our preimiums will go up. Its happening now, which is one reason why EVERYONE needs health insurance FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY. DUH.

    March 18, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Larry L

    I wonder if this criminal still gets health care via the government program for the Congress? Wouldn't you think that after he was thrown out of the House he'd have his benefits eliminated? When the wife with cancer got her treatments were they paid for by the taxpayer? He most likely didn't care who paid for the treatments – since he was poking a mistress at the time...

    March 18, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. smc

    Far more likely that Gingrich's delusions of re-entering politics will repealed by March of 2012.

    March 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Gingrich makes a Tourettes' patient look like a model of self-control. He offers no specifics, as usual, for either the claim of repeal or his "....dramatic reform" of Medicare, which likely entails privatisation: all this coming from a man born in an Army hospital, who took numerous draft deferrments while in Graduate school, and who spent a significant part of his adult life on the public payroll. The truth is probably that he has no real plan other than the usual talking points he got approval on the echo chamber at FOX. When he does get around to explaining it in detail, I'm willing to bet his plan will be nothing more than the same crap about so-called "cost containment "( code for market forces)the Conservatives have been talking about for the last 20 years and were never able to make work.

    March 18, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Arkansas Undertaker

    I doubt it Newt! Barack Obama will have started his Second Term as President and i doubt he would sign a bill that may or may not pass both houses of congress, that would kill the much needed law! Nice try tho, u Idiot!

    March 18, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. azmary

    I would love to see the march on Washington when senior citizens realize that the loss of the new health care law takes away their reduced price medications, free health screening and free consultation with their M.D. about final care planning. Remember the current crop of seniors are the former crop of 60's anti war protesters. They also believe they are entitled because they paid in for all of those years. When they are joind by families whose childern ar denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, it will be really, really awesome

    March 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is beginning to look like the midwest has had it with the republicans and their attacks on working people. Other than the republican base (birthers, baggers, birchers billionaires and bigots) the GOP has lost a lot of support by putting corporations ahead of Americans. Of course the republican base will carry all the confederate states.

    March 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Chumlee

    Former "disgraced" House Speaker – loser, adulterer, nut job!

    March 18, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Emerson

    Is this one of Gingrich's fantasies like in his book "Grant Comes East" when the Confederate army attacks Washington. I hope that his lifetime medical benefits from his time "serving his country" cover his delusion issues.

    March 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off ; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
    This can be said about anything these rethugs say about the President. It's like their mantra. The shrub really lied about WMDs and many have died because of it.
    That hitler was right on (read above)

    March 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Sockness Monster

    So king Newt says it will be.
    Let it be written, let it be done.
    Or has he figured out the Bush Plan about stealing votes ?
    Just think about what the rest of the world
    would think of us if we had a "NEWT" in the white house.
    We already had a village idiot.

    March 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. JustMe

    "It's unfortunate that the Obama administration is stonewalling serious re-thinking of this bill,"

    Uh ... stonewalling? Excuse me, but WTH? If anyone is stonewalling its the Republicans. The Dems have said that they are more than willing to work out a compromise with the GOP, but the GOP just keeps on talking about repealing the bill and nothing more.

    March 18, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. jim Doyle

    Single payer would have solved the problem and strengthened our economy at the same time. The reason the bill is in it's current complicated and convoluted form is that the Republicans mounted the biggest lie campaign in history. Remember "Death Panels?" This lying has-been gasbag should just shut the hell up. In fact, all of them should shut the hell up. Didn't they campaign on creating jobs?

    March 18, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. jboh

    Who cares what this elitist, egomanic, has been with no morality has to say.

    March 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. JustMe

    of course this is also assuming that the GOP wins the 2012 presidential election and with the contenders they have (especially the likes of Gingrich, Palin, Bachmann and Trump) they really have very few chances.

    March 18, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    Yea, right – and your ASH will be still getting over WHY you lost the nomination to run for president!!! No one cares what NUKE ginGRINCH thinks!! He is NULL and VOID and he gets all of the news!!!!

    March 18, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. JustMe

    "...given Katrina"

    And let's not forget, Newt, your buddy, George was President when that happened.

    March 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. JustMe

    He is such a cocky SOB – I cannot stand him. I just wish he would go far, far away so that I never have to see or hear from him (or Palin or Bachmann or Trump) ever again!

    March 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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