Gingrich Loved Romney's Obama-like Health Care Plan in 2006

 One of the many gross acts of hypocrisy in the 2012 GOP primaries is the candidate's stance towards health care: Romney instituted a similar plan to Obama's in Massachusetts in 2006, and yet now he is opposed to his own policy. Now, there's evidence of more opportunist flip-floppery: in a 2006 memo, Newt Gingrich showed vehement support for Romney's health care policy. ABC:

“We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100 percent insurance coverage for all Americans,” Gingrich wrote in 2006.

And, Gingrich wrote, the key to achieving that goal was doing what Romney did in Massachusetts:  Requiring everybody who could afford it to buy health insurance.  In fact, Gingrich makes an impassioned case for the so-called individual mandate — which is also at the center of President Obama’s health plan — on conservative grounds.

“We also believe strongly that personal responsibility is vital to creating a 21st Century Intelligent Health System,” Gingrich wrote in the memo which was found on an old Gingrich website by the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Janet Adamy.

 ”Individuals who can afford to purchase health insurance and simply choose not to place an unnecessary burden on a system that is on the verge of collapse; these free-riders undermine the entire health system by placing the onus of responsibility on taxpayers.”

Clearly, the GOP's party plan, from Congress to the candidates, is to support whatever is the opposite of what Obama supports, even when it goes against their fundamental beliefs and instincts and exposes them as shallow hypocrites. Power is powerful. Read the full memohere


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 27, 2011, 7:42am

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