Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today reiterated his concerns that the health care reform proposal, including the health care surtax for the rich and a mandatory fee for businesses that don't provide their employees with healthcare, would force job cuts.
Gingrich, the founder of the health policy think tank the Center for Health Transformation, said he was "very disappointed" in Obama for acting in what he called a liberal and partisan manner. The administration, he said, is only interested in "bigger government and higher taxes."
"I can tell you that if you're trying to create jobs, raising taxes is very destructive," he said. "All the highest taxing states in the U.S. have the highest unemployment. For some reason, liberals don't seem to be able to understand that you can't be hostile to the people who create jobs if you want jobs."
ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Rachel Martin, Jon Garcia, Huma Khan and Alice Gomstyn contributed to this report.