Gingrich: Obamacare by Any Other Name Still Stinks

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Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 11:19 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats can call Obamacare by its official name all they want to because in the long term it won't matter at all, another former House speaker, Newt Gingrich said.

"It's causing sticker shock in a variety of states," Gingrich said during a panel discussion on CNN's "State of the Union" show Sunday. "They can call it the Affordable Care Act all they want to. It cost the Democrats the House in 2010, [and it will cost] the Democrats the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016."

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Last week, Pelosi chastised a reporter during a press conference for calling the act Obamacare and not the Affordable Care Act. But Gingrich called the program a "huge overreach by the U.S. government that cannot deliver on what it promised."

Needra Tanden, a former senior advisor for health reform under Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, was also part of the panel, and told Gingrich that saying the heatlhcare plan can't deliver is "really wrong." and that 5 million people have signed on, with 85 percent paying their policy premiums.

"There are a couple of realities," Gingrich told her. "In a country of 315 million, 5 million have signed up, [so that's] 310 million outside the system."

The fact is, Gingrich said, that Obamacare "has not significantly decreased the number of people without insurance, because many of those signing up already are covered. Further, a huge number of young adults are saying "this is not a good buy."

Further, he said Obamacare is toxic to Democrats.

"I don't know of a single senator in a tough reelection campaign going around saying Nancy Pelosi was right," said Gingrich. "They are all finding an excuse to say they'll change Obamacare."

In other topics discussed on the program, Gingrich cast doubts on whether a potential Hillary Clinton presidential campaign would be successful.

"She is very famous for being famous," said Gingrich. "As long as she can continue being famous she'll be famous."

But Gingrigh noted the world is watching Russia's annexation of Crimea and the potential for invasion in Ukraine, and placed some of the blame on Clinton.

"Her reset button was mistranslated... apparently it was taken from a jacuzzi or a swimming pool in in a Geneva hotel," Gingrich said. "as secretary of state, she reset our relationship with Russia so well, you currently have the occupation of Crimea and the potential occupation of Ukraine."

And while Clinton is famous now, "the morning this race becomes about substance, she will start losing support overnight."

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