A changed Phil Gingrey: ‘Retain, repair and revise’ Obamacare

Here’s an eye-opener: Phil Gingrey, the former Georgia congressman and physician who was one of the most ardent foes of the Affordable Care Act and urged its repeal throughout a 2014 campaign for the U.S. Senate, has changed his mind.

From a piece written for the District Policy Group, a Washington lobbying firm where Gingrey now works:

We should all recognize that the dominant health care policy and program we are living under today is not the ACA, but uncertainty. Insurance providers, troubled by the uncertainty of the future of cost-sharing subsidies and the future insurance market generally, are pulling out of ACA exchanges in state after state.

 

The polls show, however, that most Americans see the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House Republicans as an unacceptable replacement…

Here’s the kicker:

While complete repeal and replacement may have made sense in 2010 ‑‑when the GOP first took back control of the Congress and the ACA was not yet implemented‑‑ too much time has passed and too much of our nation’s health care infrastructure has been altered to get all the toothpaste back into the tube. A solution today should focus on keeping what works, fixing what is broken, and tweaking the areas that need refinement and revision. Perhaps a more accurate name than repeal and replace would be a retain/repair/revise package.

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Mark Beasley
Mark Beasley

Of course he's right, but when his voice mattered....nada. Now he is just spitting in the wind.

Kathy Marie Roland
Kathy Marie Roland

I agree, it should be revamped. We should not be taking away health insurance from those that have no other way of obtaining it. Medicare system is woefully inadequate. Adding millions to Medicare is not the answer. I am Conservative and this is my opinion.

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

Lets just let the States do HC if we MUST have government involved in a private business transaction. Don't like how one State does HC....free to move and escape.

Mark Beasley
Mark Beasley

It's not the "care" at the end, it's the name in front, you Idiot.

Barry Sheffield
Barry Sheffield

Where did you stand when millions of people lost coverage from obamacare or they lost their doctor or they can't use obamacare because of the thousands of $ deductible?

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Guess he can tell the truth now that he is no longer in congress.

Joshua Morris
Joshua Morris

Same old garbage from another sorry, spineless politician.

Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown

Idiots....just idiots looking for something just for them selves

Michael Cotton
Michael Cotton

What Ever Ya'll Come Up With I Feel You Should Live Under. Either Place Us On Your Plan Our You Live Under Ours......

Todd Owens
Todd Owens

Another Republican to lose my vote.

David Vincent Gagric
David Vincent Gagric

GOVT HEALTHCARE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL....PERIOD IT'S NOT THE GOVT BUSINESS AT ALL....WAKE UP YOU SLAVES..OBAMACARE IS A LIE... IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY NOT THERE'S JUST YOURS...SEE A PATTERN...? NEITHER PARTY CARES ABOUT YOU....

Charles Moss
Charles Moss

The ACA is not a failure. The republicans are sabotaging the plan.

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Wrong, it's a failure on it's own accord. Making false comments as you did doesn't change that.

Jack Jones
Jack Jones

Guess all you folks better head to the ballot box as spon as possible.

Brent Hilburn
Brent Hilburn

Read this article if you want to know WHY Phil Gingrey is a FORMER Congressman....

Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers

The only reason a politician flips like this is money.

David Whitmer
David Whitmer

Just freaking fix the problem this country has with the healthcare system. If it means starting over or fixing OBAMACARE

Robert C Bergl
Robert C Bergl

Because Congressman care about Healthcare systems that don't actually affect them...

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

That makes sense too bad most of our GOP politicians in Georgia are not independent thinkers.

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

umm... Neither are Democrats. Or are you too politically blind to notice that?

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

it is about time some republicans start sounding at least semi intelligent!

Rachel Gray
Rachel Gray

Single payer universal socialised healthcare now! And legalize THC to stop opioid deaths!

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

As a FORMER GOP congressman, Gingrey is no longer beholden to the billionaire interests who would destroy him for stepping out of line. Now he can truly say what is helpful for Americans rather than putting his billionaire owners' tax breaks first. Good for Gingrey for speaking out ...

Carol Barker Lawson
Carol Barker Lawson

Never retain any part of affordable care act. Dems in charge will put it back in action

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Dream on. They couldn't fix ACA on a bet. Know why? It isn't broken. It was meant to fail. It's doing exactly what it was meant to do. Obama and Barney Frank stated it very clearly even before Obama was elected in 2008. People need to pay attention to what the CRIMINALS are saying.

Donnie Owens
Donnie Owens

O-care was just a starting point to single payer.

Grady Bryan
Grady Bryan

If the republicans cannot come up with a health care plan this country will be through.

Lisa Knighton
Lisa Knighton

Mr Abstinence has resurrected himself. Oh, for the love of god! Who's next? Tom Delay? Jack Abramoff?