At multiple times during his discussion, the former Speaker pointed to Massachusetts and their public health care initiative as an example of what could happen on a large-scale once the Federal plan is implemented. Gingrich, who has not ruled out a run for President in 2012, would be in direct competition in the Republican primary with the man who was Governor at the time that program was passed, Mitt Romney. Romney who is an early front-runner for the GOP nod, has taken heat from conservatives because of his role in the health care reform efforts in the Bay State. Gingrich passed on the opportunity to give Romney the blame for Massachusetts plan.
“I suspect he wouldn’t do it again,” Gingrich said. “Romney is a very smart guy and he was trying very hard to find a solution to a very big problem.”
Gingrich said that Romney vetoed large portions of the plan, but was overruled by the overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusettes legislature. They are the ones, who passed a plan that Gingrich calls an “unaffordable disaster that serves as a pretty good warning about the Obama plan.”