Newt Gingrich Circa 2008: A Health Insurance Mandate Would Be A Great Idea!

Via Taegan Goddard and Buzzfeed, we have yet more evidence to support the idea that Newt Gingrich was one of those conservatives who, until not too long ago, was 100% behind the idea of a health insurance mandate:

That was 2008.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Hey Norm says:

    A Republican being for a Republican idea??? Those were the days!!! Lately they don’t support what they’re in favor of. They seem so confused.

  2. I have been trying to point out for at least a year that the entire structure of the PPACA is fundamentally a moderate Republican policy proposal that dates back almost 20 years. This is just another data point in that discussion.

    (Now, that makes it neither a good idea nor a bad idea, but it certainly underscores that it is not a socialist, or even especially liberal, one).

  3. Hey Norm says:

    @ SLT…I was talking to a couple of Republican friends the other night in the bar…they just did not want to hear that the ACA is a Republican program. As all the study’s show…the folks tha watch Fox News are the least informed.

  4. A voice from another precinct says:

    My mind is made up! All of these facts are just confusing me and trying to make me not believe what I know is true–Obama is just a socialist Kenyan islamofacist marxist scoundrel who wants to destroy the world as I know it.

  5. Mookie says:

    ur an idiot.