Newt Praised Romney Health Plan

Newt Praised Romney Health Plan December 28, 2011

As if Mitt Romney wasn’t having enough trouble pretending that he didn’t really mean it when he passed a universal healthcare plan in Massachusetts, now it comes out that Newt Gingrich praised that plan in 2006 and wanted a similar plan passed nationally. Politico has the quote from a Wall Street Journal article that is behind a paywall:

“The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system,” said an April 2006 newsletter published by Mr. Gingrich’s former consulting company, the Center for Health Transformation.

The two-page “Newt Notes” analysis, found online by The Wall Street Journal even though it no longer appears on the center’s website, continued: “We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100% insurance coverage for all Americans.”


Mr. Gingrich’s rise to the top of the field has come in part from his bashing Mr. Romney for engineering a state health-care expansion that became a model for President Barack Obama’s 2010 health law. “Your plan essentially is one more big-government, bureaucratic, high-cost system,” Mr. Gingrich told Mr. Romney during an October debate in Las Vegas. He said Mr. Romney was trying to solve Massachusetts’ health-care problems “from the top down.”

And he specifically endorsed the individual mandate:

The Romney plan attempts to bring everyone into the system. The individual mandate requires those who earn enough to afford insurance to purchase coverage, and subsidies will be made available to those individuals who cannot afford insurance on their own. We agree strongly with this principle, but the details are crucial when it comes to the structure of this plan.

And the punchline to all of this is that Newt’s campaign is now claiming that he didn’t write those things, that even though it was called “Newt notes,” he didn’t write it. And here’s Newt criticizing Ron Paul for claiming that he didn’t write his own newsletters:


It’s really quite amusing watching the Republicans pretend that they didn’t say the things they said in previous years now that they’re trying to appease the Tea Party. The individual mandate was a conservative idea from the start and it came from the Heritage Foundation. But they can’t admit that because their voters now believe that Obama invented the idea in order to turn America into the second coming of the Third Reich. This is a lot of fun to watch.

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  • The sad TV Trope that comes to mind: “Viewers are Goldfish.”

  • VeritasKnight

    You think this is fun? Imagine the hilarity if Ron Paul actually manages to win the Iowa caucuses! They’ll all take the batshit insanity up to 11.

  • Michael Heath

    The WSJ allows Google search results access to the full article, so here is a URL to the full article:

  • Trebuchet

    It’s really quite amusing watching the Republicans pretend that they didn’t say the things they said in previous years now that they’re trying to appease the Tea Party.

    And it’ll be even more amusing in six months or so when the eventual nominee, whoever he is, will be pretending he didn’t say the things he’s saying now, when he’s actually trying to win a general election.

  • Michael Heath

    Oops, the above link also takes you to the pay-wall article. By pasting some of the above quoted text Ed provides into Google you can then click on the WSJ result in Google and get the full article.

    Must always use Preview, must always use Preview, must always use Preview . . .

  • ewanmacdonald

    Gingrich has actually acknowledged his change of position, but with the caveat that he knew not what he did:


    “The Heritage Foundation was positive about Romneycare also in 2006. First of all, neither Heritage nor I realized that Romneycare uses taxpayer money to pay for abortions. And neither of us realized that they had accepted Planned Parenthood by law to run [elements of] their health care or I think we would have both said you ought to veto the whole bill if that’s what’s going to happen. So there are some details there that are different.”

    In fact later in the article he explicitly said he was “wrong” to support “mandates.”

    It’s truly sad that I’m left feeling slightly surprised and with a bit of admiration that a GOP candidate has finally, possibly for the first time this year, self-applied the word “wrong.” Even if he’s wrong about being wrong, that is something massively unusual.

    Still, any tiny flicker of respect for Newt is quickly wiped out by reading the rest of the article.

  • d cwilson

    Just once I would like to hear a republican admit the truth and say that the only reason they are against it now is because the Evil Kenyan Socialist Atheist Muslim ™ endorsed it.

  • d wilson, it’s not the GOP’s fault that the Democrats keep stealing all their good ideas. Think how rough it is for the Republicans! Since they have to be against everything and anything the Dems are for, that just leaves them with their own bad ideas! Do you think that Ryan wanted to make that budget? No! But it’s all he’s got left!