From 1993 until midway through 2011, Newt Gingrich repeatedly and quite forcefully argued that the federal government ought to impose an ObamaCare-like individual mandate on Americans, requiring them to have health insurance or otherwise to demonstrate that they can pay their future healthcare bills. (Regular readers of The New American are well aware of this because this publication has covered the story extensively.) However, a recently unearthed recording of a 2009 conference call featuring the former Speaker of the House is getting quite a bit of attention in the blogosphere because it suggests to some that Gingrich explicitly endorsed the healthcare legislation then beginning its trek through the legislative process.
The call, which took place in May 2009, was a joint presentation by Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation and Siemens Healthcare addressing a variety of issues related to healthcare and the then-recently passed economic “stimulus” law. In addition, they discussed the nascent healthcare “reform” process, with Gingrich and his second-in-command, David Merritt, also laying out their vision for it.
Early in his remarks Gingrich praised the process, saying:
The good thing is that, in contrast with the HillaryCare process of 1993, we don’t have 500 people hiding in a room trying to write the magic bill that’s going to go through on an up-or-down vote. We actually have a process under way where lots and lots of different players have a real opportunity to have input. And I think in that sense this is already a healthier process than we saw in 1993, and a more open process.
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