Gingrich Praised Romney’s Health Law In 2006

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

As a Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich has been critical of the changes to the Massachusetts health care system Mitt Romney implemented as governor, but a recently surfaced 2006 newsletter shows Gingrich praised the law soon after it was passed.

“The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system,” reads an April 2006 essay, under the headline “Newt Notes.” The essay was published in a newsletter from the Center for Health Transformation, a company Gingrich founded.

In his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney has taken serious heat for the Massachusetts law, which included a requirement for all residents to have health insurance.

The plan was used a model for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, which also includes a mandate for individuals to buy health insurance. The requirement is one of the most controversial aspects of Mr. Obama’s law.

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