Gingrich: Individual Mandate Is 'Unconstitutional'

The 2012 presidential candidate explains his position on health care.
2:40 | 12/02/11

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As recently as may you said that you support -- the idea that individuals either have insurance or have to post a bond. We've also said that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Explain that I don't understand how can be unconstitutional but you also support. Well I think I think a mandate for -- clearly unconstitutional. Because it means that the congress -- required to do anything with your money under any circumstance a stenographer. On constitutionality moment. Because -- at one point I was attacked there was a time opposition to Hillary. Hillary care that that The Heritage Foundation lots of folks supporters the more we looked at it. The clearance became that it it infected it would lead the politicians. To redesign -- -- health system in order to define the mandate. And that's -- IV and looking for alternatives I was trying to find. Is -- a way to have people be responsible. You know a significant number of the uninsured in America earn over 75000 dollars a year. Others make a decision not to buy health insurance and something happens to -- their neighbors take. So we were trying to explore. Is -- a way to to make sure that people have some responsibility. For paying on health bills. Probably persons and the best government is John Goodman who developed the concept called patient -- And he essentially would give you a tax credit. If you want to buy insurance if he didn't want to buy insurance you're -- the taxpayer would go into a pool. For the uninsured and if something happened you you'd be taking care of by the pool of the uninsured. And so -- you do different. League in terms of how you handled what happened to you. And I think John Goodman maybe the closest and solutions but it's a challenge in trying to find. A faith and freedom oriented but responsibility. Oriented answer. To question health cost -- -- very big show.

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