You may have heard that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich finally jumped into the presidential race.
You likely didn’t hear (because Gov. Romney is the conservative chattering class’s villain of choice on health care these days) this:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he strongly supports a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance – a position that has been rejected by many Republicans, including several who likely will be running against him for the Republican presidential nomination.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gingrich told host David Gregory that he continues to advocate for a plan he first called for in the early 1990s as a Congressman, which requires every uninsured citizen to purchase or acquire health insurance.
Gregory played a clip of Gingrich speaking during an appearance on Meet the Press in October 1993:
“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.”
Remember, Gov. Romney’s fundamental point in all of this is that while your state government can require you to buy health insurance, just as it can require you to buy car insurance, the federal government can’t. Speaker Gingrich’s position is radically different.