HOT BLAST: The search for an Obamacare replacement
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: "I think part of what we have to do in the era of Obama’s disaster, is we have to get beyond being anti-Obama, and we have to reconvince people you can have hope in America, that we can have a better future." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: "I think part of what we have to do in the era of Obama’s disaster, is we have to get beyond being anti-Obama, and we have to reconvince people you can have hope in America, that we can have a better future." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Newt Gingrich has a message for his fellow Republicans:

“I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer. ...

“We are caught up right now in a culture, and you see it every single day, where as long as we are negative and as long as we are vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything. And so we don’t."




Check. The former speaker of the U.S. House is saying it's time for Republicans to develop an alternatives to Obamacare.

Wonkbook's Ezra Klein points out an inconvenient fact for Gingrich:



Of course, as Gingrich correctly points out, the Republicans have no idea what is it is they’ll do — save for undoing what the Democrats did. But for all Gingrich’s bluster on the subject, the simplest way to understand that policy vacuum is to understand Gingrich’s pre-Obamacare health-care plan: It was Obamacare.

“We should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond),” he wrote in his 2008 book, “Real Change.” “Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor.” 

So that’s an individual mandate plus tax subsidies to purchase insurance. That’s the core of Obamacare. And it’s no surprise Gingrich supported it. Lots of Republicans did. Gov. Mitt Romney even signed a plan like that into law in Massachusetts.

In other words, this Groucho Marx song sums up the Republican posture toward President Obama's policies.

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