May 12, 2011

Gingrich's Health Care Problem

Mitt Romney isn't the only Republican presidential candidate who once backed an individual health insurance mandate.

Here's Newt Gingrich in his 2008 book, Real Change: "Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond). Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor."

From his 2005 book, Winning the Future: "You have the right to be part of the lowest-cost insurance pool and you have a responsibility to buy insurance... We need some significant changes to ensure that every American is insured, but we should make it clear that a 21st Century Intelligent System requires everyone to participate in the insurance system."

Huffington Post: "In his post-congressional life, Gingrich has been a vocal champion for mandated insurance coverage -- the very provision of President Obama's health care legislation that the Republican Party now decries as fundamentally unconstitutional."


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