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Meet the Press: Gingrich backs individual mandate requiring health insurance

I wrote a post a few days ago about the need to find a candidate we as conservatives and libertarians can get excited about.  Alas Newt Gingrich is not that candidate.  I know not a news flash, but yesterday morning on Meet the Press with David Gregory we got a chance to “Meet the Candidate” and that candidate is Newt Gingrich.  Let’s see where to start with this.  He referred to Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare; a program currently running on empty as right wing social engineering.   He stated that he does indeed support an individual mandate requiring individual health insurance; a mandate that of course each of us would pay for.

The highlight of the interview came when Gregory played a video clip from 1993 of Gingrich on Meet the Press.  In that interview Gingrich stated;

I am for people, individuals — exactly like automobile insurance — individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance. And I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals, on a sliding scale, a government subsidy so we insure that everyone as individuals have health insurance.”

Really Mr. Gingrich, just like automobile insurance.  Wow.  This 1993 statement clearly shows me how clueless Gingrich is about the Tea Party movement and the Constitution.  Automobile insurance is only mandated by the state if you choose to buy an automobile.  Yes that’s right Mr. Gingrich it’s a consumer choice, not something that is imposed upon the individual through regulation or law.  Below is more from the interview.

Gregory asked Gingrich if he would criticize GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney, whose “Romneycare” health program enacted during his time as Governor in Massachusetts mandated that all uninsured purchase health insurance.

Gingrich replied he would not make it an issue in the campaign and said he agreed with key aspects of Romneycare.

“I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay–help pay for health care,” Gingrich said, adding, “I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond …”

You can watch the entire interview below.

I’ve never been a fan of Newt Gingrich because he’s a big government solutions politician.  Yes I will give him credit for helping to balance the budget back in 1995; however any politician no matter what party who supports an individual health insurance mandate is someone I will never be able to support.   So I can now cross Newt Gingrich off my list again, along with Mitt Romney.

This primary and national election is about finding a candidate who is about a limited government working within the parameters of its constitutional authority.  It’s about contracting the government’s reach into our lives and freeing up the free market.  When government’s interference begins to shrink so will their spending.   And if you’re a candidate running for President and you don’t have these fundamental principles as the foundation of your platform then you are part of the problem.  I can’t get excited about your candidacy Mr. Gingrich.

H/T Newsmax

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  • silverfiddle May 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Gingrich is so full of himself. Can he really be that tin-eared stupid to think he can get the nomination talking like that? His time has come and gone. Maybe he could seek the Democratic nomination.
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    • John Carey May 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

      He’s a big government politician. He believes that government is part of the solution to our problems. He frames himself as a conservative, which makes his more dangerous than a Nancy Pelosi in my opinion.

  • Teresa May 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Newt Gingrich is a compromiser and a RINO. He has too many strikes against him in my book for me to be able to support him. He flip flops with the wind and is unprincipled, close to the exact opposite of who we need to turn this country around.
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    • John Carey May 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      I simply can’t support him. The only way I would ever support him is if somehow he won the nomination and he was facing off with Obama. That is the only condition I would ever support him Teresa and I mean the only condition.

  • Peter DeWine May 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    I am very discouraged with the current candidates. I really, really think we should sit out this presidential election in protest of the complete lack of candidates.

    • John Carey May 20, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      We can’t afford to sit out. We can’t take another 4 years of Obama.