Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gingrich says no to Medicare vouchers

From: POLITICO

Newt Gingrich on Sunday rejected a Republican proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program that helps senior citizens purchase private health insurance.

"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering," Gingrich said on NBC's "Meet The Press."

The former House speaker and candidate for the GOP presidential nomination called it "radical change" and "too big a jump." Instead, he pushed for creating a system that allows people to pick other options than government-run coverage, so that they "voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options."

Gingrich also showed support for another Republican idea to turn Medicaid into a block grant program for the states. And while he continued to lash out against "Obamacare," Gingrich agreed that "all of us have a responsibility to help pay for their health care."

"There are ways to do it that make most libertarians relatively happy," he said, proposing that people be required to post a bond or show some accountability for health care costs.

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