Gingrich Endorses Personal Responsibility In Health Care

Newt Gingrich attempted to distance himself from his 18-year history of supporting a federal individual health insurance mandate during a stop in Davenport, Iowa Monday afternoon, telling the audience that while he did endorse personal responsibility as a way to oppose Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal in 1993, he dismissed the idea (seven months ago) because it would require “politicians” to “define health care.” Gingrich claimed that he turned to economist John Goodman’s “patient power” solution, which — as Goodman conveniently explains in today’s WSJ — is just a very watered-down mandate in disguise: using economic incentives to encourage healthier and younger people to purchase insurance before they become sick and shift the costs of their care throughout the health care system. Watch Gingrich’s remarks: