Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was one of the supporters of the GOP leadership’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He may have not liked everything in it, but having the perspective of a former political operative, he saw the value in what Paul Ryan was doing. He was trying to draft legislation that would get the broadest support, with the assumption that it would be amended along the way.
Of course, we all know how that turned out. The bill got somewhere around a 17 percent approval rating from Americans. It really was dead on arrival. And I think that was intentional. It was the Republican establishment’s way of keeping Obamacare intact, and being able to tell the President and supporters of the Republican Party that at least they tried. The problem is, most people saw through the GOP’s duplicity. They see Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell as crafty insiders.
Newt Gingrich said that was one of the mistakes during this healthcare debacle: letting an insider draft the bill. Americans don’t want insiders running the show right now. Hence, Donald Trump winning the presidency.
“It was just a wrong design,” Gingrich told Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto. “It neglected everything Reagan and Thatcher taught us. It neglected everything we did right in welfare reform and balanced budget, and went out and tried to write an insider bill in the age of Donald Trump. This is not a country that wants insider game-playing.”
He continued: “And so, you’ve got to think of the legislative branch as being part of the swamp too and ask yourself, ‘How do we get the American people engaged?’ You get a bill that’s at 17 percent approval, you shouldn’t vote on it.”
Gingrich explained that the Freedom Caucus actually did a service to the Republican Party by voicing their opposition to it:
Not voting on Friday was really good. The Democrats lost their majority for the first time in 40 years after they tried to push through Hillarycare. The Democrats lost the majority again in 2010 after they pushed through Obamacare. If we had all the House Republicans line up and vote yes on a bill that was at 17 percent approval — that means four out of five Americans were not approving — I will guarantee you the Democrats would have had a field day.
So I think the Freedom Caucus, whether they intended to or not, may have saved House Republicans from a vote that would have been potentially very destructive.
Then, he put in things into perspective, pointing out that this wasn’t a failure on Trump’s part or anything like that, and that these things always take time:
“Now everybody ought to just get over it. Look at the future. Let’s learn the lessons and recognize it took Reagan eight months to pass a tax cut. It took us 18 months to pass welfare reform. It took Pelosi and Obama eight months to pass Obamacare. We’re not in a rush here. We don’t have to get everything done by Easter.”
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