Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he doesn’t support the GOP budget plan created by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that would turn Medicare into a voucher system.

“Do you think Republicans ought to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare, turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors some premium support so that they can go out and buy private insurance?” NBC’s David Gregory asked Gingrich on Meet the Press.

“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich said. “I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for free society to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors, but there are specific things you can do.”

“But not what Paul Ryan is suggesting, completely change Medicare?” Gregory wondered.

“I think that is too big a jump. I think you want to have a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose upon the — I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change,” Gingrich replied.

Watch this video from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast May 15, 2011.

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