Gingrich ’06 Memo: “Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney” on Health Care

December 27, 2011 @

To conservatives, the biggest strike against Mitt Romney is the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, but Newt Gingrich lavished praise on Romney’s plan after it was passed in 2006.

“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.”

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One Comment → “Gingrich ’06 Memo: “Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney” on Health Care”


  1. Zuzana

    7 years ago

    I would much rather pay the $150 cash for yearly check up (x5 for the family of 5)than the $1600 monthly premium for things that might happen. I have no need to tie up my cash flow in stupidly expensive premiums that earn CEOs millions and millions. I have car insurance and homeowners insurance and coverages in that. And I have savings (fot the “just in case” event). Individual mandate is a piece of crap. The wonderful RomneyCare according to the Health Connector in Massachusetts tells me that I should shell out $589 monthly for my family health insurance. With my income, I should (they say) be able to afford that. If I give them a benefit of a doubt….. there is NOT ONE health plan that I can buy for that money for my family of 5. Go figure! Too high to qualify for free care nut not rich enough to buy any that flies around. So on tax day, I get fined $89/uninsured person in the household. LOVELY!!!!! Am I a free rider, too????????????


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