Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and President-elect of Donald Trump
Editor’S NOTE: This column is the first in a series of four columns this week examining how the Trump’s health care plan, which will be referred to as THP, under its new leadership based on statements that he has made and policy-makers, he joined his transition team and the administration.
Before President-elect Donald Trump hit the campaign vowing to repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, the former House of representatives Newt Gingrich had ideas of his own about Obama’s Affordable Care Act. With Gingrich is shaping up to be an Asset advisor, a look at what the man, who had 20 years in the House of Representatives has said about ObamaCare in the past, and what he did during his own 2012 presidential bid, may offer insight into what Trump’s health care plan (THP) will look like.
Gingrich, who once called for a 100 percent insured nation, described the ObamaCare insurance mandate as unconstitutional during the 2012 campaign, but supported the idea in the past.
When pressed, Gingrich said he proposed mandates as a free market alternative to Hillary Clinton’s plan and past plans with what he as socialized medicine, but he changed his attitude when he discovers that there is a plan based on the fiscal benefits to persons who purchase health insurance. The tax advantages on the basis of the plan would see unused credits will go to a swimming pool for the non-insured that they could use to cover the cost of what limited care is available should they become sick.
Gingrich also spent time on the campaign, praised his record on Medicare, which he said that he helped save from bankruptcy. He closed with a budget measure, known as the sustainable growth formula reduces payments to physicians to balance the budget. The idea stems from his belief that the government can’t cut reimbursements if it can’t cut patient care costs. Gingrich again called for a credit, or on the basis of a voucher system, in which the poor are given money to buy their own health care to reduce costs over time. This plan is not entirely different from that of the current House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is also a plan to convert Medicare from an entitlement program and giving the beneficiaries a certain amount of money to buy private health plans in the place.
This type of reform would be the power in the hands of the states, that Gingrich will feel better able to address the shortcomings of Medicare in the current place of the government to scramble to find one solution over a longer period of time.
As recently as 2015, Gingrich went on record to say that he doesn’t think that ObamaCare should be repealed, and that the congress is the Republicans who say they want to overturn the not truthful.
He told a health conference that more and more small parts of the law that do not work should be addressed, but the core of the parts have bipartisan support. The move signals that he is not tempted to far from his original belief that the United States must be 100 percent insured. It is also in line with Trump is planning to make at least two provisions that President Obama’s proposed stay in place, that is to allow children to stay on their parents’ health plan until the age of 26, and prohibiting insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
In 2011, Gingrich told a CPAC audience that there are four necessary steps to take when considering how to best transform our health care system. The steps of medical education to the cancellation of debts, cuts to inefficient programs, a more transparent way to deliver products and a radical transformation of the distance from the population medicine to better personalize medicine, which, inter alia, the modernization of the FDA.
I feel confident in saying that Gingrich will likely press for a number of these ideas, while advising the Trump administration on THP, and there is consensus along the party, for many of them. Medicare reform, more state power and less bureaucracy in the exam room seems to be a reasonable goals for the administration of the place of the approach of the task of inventing a whole new health plan in the short period of four years.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel’s senior managing health editor. He is also chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Click here for more information about Dr. Manny’s work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.