Gingrich in 2009 conference call strongly supported “must carry,” i.e., the individual mandate
I just came upon this devastating audio at the site Race 4 2012:
So now we know that Gingrich is strongly for amnesty in a yet to be determined but still wide open form, and is strongly for the idea that all individuals in America must purchase health insurance. How could anyone believe, after listening to this, that he will exert any serious effort to get Obamacare repealed? And how are Gingrich’s supporters going to reply to this? Will they say that the pro-individual mandate, pro-amnesty Newt Gingich is still their choice, because he’s more, uh, conservative than Mitt Romney?
I’ve said all along that Gingrich lacks a stable self, and that the more incendiary and/or conservative his words sound, the less meaning and reality they have. This would seem to apply to everything he has said in the campaign about his commitment to repeal Obamacare.
Listen carefully to the Gingrich audio, which sounds edited. If I understand him correctly, then his “must carry” includes the opportunity to opt out by posting a bond. If the bond would pay interest equal to its opportunity cost (around 4 percent per year) then there is no forced purchase. The bond would need to equal the average cost of an emergency room visit, which I’ll guess is less than $2,000. This would make Gingrich’s “must carry” fundamentally different from the mandate, which forces every resident to buy insurance from a private company with no opportunity to opt out. Most people could then avoid government mandated insurance, and stick with what they have now. Of course Obamacare is much more than the mandate, and it includes all sorts of new control over the medical insurance industry such as the coverage of preexisting conditions.LA replies:
Fair enough. However, I’ve read elsewhere (was it Coulter’s article linked above?) that Gingrich favored the principle of Obamacare until last May.Alexis Zarkov replies:
Coulter does make that charge, but she provides no evidence.Buck O. writes:
I believe that the kind of “bond” suggested here, will not pay interest. A person will not own it, nor will they get a return. In fact, they will get none of their money back. It is not an investment.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 29, 2012 09:36 PM | Send