Newt Gingrich Calls Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan “Too Big A Jump”
Newt Gingrich’s appearance on Meet The Press today is likely to get a lot of attention mostly for the fact that clearly, and rather emphatically, distanced himself from the Medicare reforms proposed by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and adopted by the House GOP:
Newt Gingrich’s appearance on “Meet the Press” today could have some wondering which party’s nomination he is running for. The former speaker had some harsh words for Paul Ryan’s (and by extension the nearly every House Republican’s) plan to reform Medicare.
“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” he said. “I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”
He did offer an alternative “plan” of sorts, but it was essentially the same appeal trotted out by Obama/Reid/Pelosi for a “national conversation” on how to “improve” Medicare and ending ‘waste, fraud and abuse,’ etc.
“I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options,” Gingrich said. Ryan’s plan was simply “too big a jump.”
He even went so far as to compare it the Obama health-care plan.”I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.”
Gingrich also seemed to suggest that he would be in favor of some form of an individual mandate:
“I don’t think having a free rider system in [health care] is any more appropriate than having a free rider system in any other part of the economy.”
I can see the Democratic ads now: Even Newt Gingrich doesn’t support the Ryan Plan, and he thinks there should be an individual mandate.
It’s almost like Gingrich is returning to his pre-Speaker days in the House when he was an intellectual bombthrower. This one, yea, it’s a grenade and it landed right in the middle of the Republican budget plan.