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Gingrich suggests Ryan Medicare plan is ‘right-wing social engineering’

By David Edwards
Sunday, May 15, 2011 13:56 EDT
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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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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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