Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is already backing off his support for an individual insurance mandate.
NBC’s David Gregory pointed out Sunday that in 1993, Gingrich had supported individuals being required to buy health insurance.
“You agree with Mitt Romney on this point?” Gregory asked Gingrich.
“Well, I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay — help pay for health care,” Gingrich said. ” I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond…”
“But that is the individual mandate, is it not?” Gregory wondered.
“It’s a variation on it,” Gingrich admitted.
But after pressure from conservatives, the former House speaker released a video clarifying that he was against the individual mandate legislated in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
“I am completely opposed to the Obamacare mandate on individuals… I am for the repeal of Obamacare and I am against any effort to impose a federal mandate on anyone because it was fundamentally wrong and I believe unconstitutional,” he said.
Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube May 16, 2011.
Republicans claim Democrats leaked John Bolton’s book that was given to the White House — then quickly back down
In a bizarre twist, Republicans are blaming Democrats for releasing information included in John Bolton's.
Speaking in a line of Republicans, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) explained that it was clear Democrats were part of some kind of conspiracy to turn senators against the speedy trial the White House wanted. With the revelation that Bolton confirmed President Donald Trump was indeed trying to bribe Ukraine, a very few Republican senators are more willing to call him as a witness.
The problem, of course, with Meadows' accusations is that the manuscript was never sent to Democrats. According to the New York Times report, Bolton sent the book to the White House for security checks to ensure nothing he put in the book was classified.
Ken Starr defends Trump as Bolton revelations roil trial
Pressure mounted on Republicans on Monday to call former national security advisor John Bolton as a witness at Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial following explosive new revelations about the US president's dealings with Ukraine.
As Clinton impeachment investigator Ken Starr resumed the White House defense of Trump on the Senate floor, at least three Republican senators indicated they would favor hearing testimony from the 71-year-old Bolton.
According to The New York Times, Bolton, in a draft of his upcoming book, says that Trump told him in August that he wanted to freeze military aid to Ukraine until Kiev opened an investigation into his potential November election rival Joe Biden.
‘Extremely Disappointing’: New analysis offers scathing critique of top Democrat’s CLEAN Future Act
"This framework should really be called the Dirty Future Act. In every way possible, Pallone's proposal fails to address the climate crisis."
Two environmental groups published an analysis Monday that calls a national climate plan unveiled earlier this month by the Democratic chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee "extremely disappointing" and "a failure of climate leadership."
"Chairman Pallone's plan is a gift to Big Oil and a recipe for another generation of fracking."—Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth