Your morning jolt: ‘I might not agree with repeal and start over’ on health care, says Phil Gingrey

At least a few Republicans have begun parsing what they mean when they call for the repeal of the new health care law.

On Tuesday, in a CNN interview, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) admitted there were portions of the legislation he likes – including the provision that would allow parents to carry their offspring on their insurance until age 26.

Said Gingrey:

“When we say start over, we don’t mean throw everything out – throw out the baby with the bath water. We mean, take the best of this bill and combine it with our ideas like buying insurance across state lines and equalizing the tax treatment and creating high-risk pools.

“Of course, all of the language regarding electronic medical records I’m in favor of. So I might not fully agree with completely repealing and starting over.”

Here’s the clip, posted on YouTube by the liberal group ThinkProgress:

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich and Gov. Sonny Perdue will have a joint press conference on health care at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Expect them both to press a constitutional challenge to the new law.

Immediately after the Sunday night vote on health care, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal resigned his seat in Congress to campaign full-time for governor.

By leaving, Deal put an end to a House ethics investigation into whether he used his office to help preserve an auto salvage business he owned.

But this morning, Roll Call newspaper reports that Deal very likely knew the results of the ethics inquiry before he left:

Although the OCE — which reviews suspected rules violations and recommends investigations to the House ethics committee — does not comment on specific complaints, it does release statistical reports on its work.

According to its most recent report, OCE investigators opened only one new inquiry in the last half of 2009. That investigation began in October — the Journal-Constitution reported in December that state records showed OCE investigators contacted a state office in October — and appears to have ended its second and final phase in late December.

Under its rules, whenever the OCE completes a second-phase review, it must issue a report to the ethics committee recommending the panel either conduct its own investigation or dismiss the allegations. The OCE must also provide a copy of the report — a one-page document detailing the focus of its investigation and its recommendation to the ethics committee — to the subject of the review.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) has some quick bridge-building to do, thanks to his vote against the health care overhaul on Sunday. This from Larry Peterson at the Savannah Morning News:

Resentment is seething among black political leaders against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow after his vote against a major health care bill….

At least two black state lawmakers who backed the Savannah congressman in 2008 – or were neutral – now favor Regina Thomas, his July 20 primary election foe….

More than 60 percent of the people who will vote in the Democratic primary in his 12th Congressional District are expected to be black.

State Rep. Bob Bryant, D-Garden City, who backed Barrow two years ago, has endorsed Thomas. So has state Rep. Mickey Stephens, D-Savannah, who didn’t take sides when Thomas, who is black, ran – and lost – against Barrow in 2008.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Craig Gordon, D-Savannah – also neutral in 2008 – said he’s now less likely to support Barrow….

We thought things had become a little too quiet in the aftermath of state Sen. Don Balfour’s sudden decision to pull out of the 7th District congressional race – and politics altogether.

Rob Woodall, the former chief of staff to the retiring U.S. Rep. John Linder, will announce his GOP candidacy to replace his old boss this morning. Woodall is to discuss the race today on WSB (750AM) with Neal Boortz at 9:30 a.m.

State Sen. Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville) on Tuesday announced his resignation from the Legislature to concentrate on the April 27 election to choose a successor to U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

State Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) resigned on Monday as he qualified for the 9th District race.

Former state Sen. Bill Stephens of Young Harris also announced he would qualify for the special election. Stephens has less money than either Graves or Hawkins, but a four-week sprint is fertile ground for an upset – especially in a fractured Republican field.

Given that Dr. Chris Cates of Blairsville issued a press release this morning, slamming Graves (or Hawkins – it’s not clear) for resigning his seat, we assume he’s in the April race, too.

The non-partisan 9th District election will include a single Democrat: Mike Freeman. The laws of unpredictability apply to him, too.

My AJC colleague Mary Lou Pickel reports that Cobb County will hold a special election on July 20 — the date of the general primary — to select a new chairman of the county commission. That is, if Sam Olens resigns, as expected, at the end of this month. The only declared candidate for Olens’ job is Tim Lee, who represents northeast Cobb.

Olens is a Republican candidate for attorney general. So far, his only primary opposition is Max Wood, the former U.S. attorney for middle Georgia. Jason Pye, the Libertarian blogger, just posted this podcast with Wood.

A new movie entitled “Selma” is in the works. This morning, on his Facebook page, former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young talks about who’ll play him:

What people don’t realize about the civil rights movement is that we really were just kids. By the time of the Selma march in 1965, I was only 32. Although I do like him, Lenny Kravitz is 46, the age I was when I was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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76 comments Add your comment

TomGAHunter

March 24th, 2010
9:22 am

http://www.GravesforCongress.org

The choice is clear on who is the true, proven conservative candidate in this race.

Jill McElvy

March 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Cates is from Atlanta not Blairsville. Nice try Dr.

Bubba

March 24th, 2010
9:31 am

What didn’t Rep. Gingrey and others focus on the positive and try for some bipartisan cooperation before the bill passed?

Bobby

March 24th, 2010
9:32 am

Conservative is nothing more than a new code name for bigot and narrow minded.

Publius

March 24th, 2010
9:33 am

How long do you think it will take Gingrey to backtrack from these comments and renew the rant about “socialism”? If not, maybe we can actually have a real discussion about this law and how to solve a true healthcare crisis in this country.

Mitzymy

March 24th, 2010
9:33 am

To repeal and start over on the health reform law will take another 100 years. The republicans have no intentions of doing the right thing. This is terrible because we really need it in this country. The tea party people who are protesting have Medicare, Medicaid, V.A. Benefits, or have employer paid health insurance. They don’t fit into any of the catagories that are covered unless it is the donut hole in the prescription drug plan for seniors, that the repubs and Bush pushed through. That hole will be eliminated and seniors will get money to help with their drug prescription. Not one of the tea party participants have experienced a family member being denied coverage because they became sick or had a pre-existing condition. They just listen to Hannity and Beck and go from there. They all are fools !!!

Hayek

March 24th, 2010
9:35 am

1. No surprise there–Gingrey is a squishy Republican. He’s no Tom Price.

2. To be fair to Gingrey, even though the law is an abomination there must be a few worthwhile things out of the 2,000+ pages.

Road Scholar

March 24th, 2010
9:37 am

During the healthcare debate (not that it has ended) or should I say before the bill was passed, Republicans stated that they wanted to start over. Now they have stated that they want to repeal it. Both statements imply, no state, that they want a blank slate to work from. Now Gingrey wants to cherry pick the bill, or should I say law, stating that he’s in favor of select portions of the bill. That is news to me!

In every interview of a Republican to date it has been nothing but get rid of the bill, in its totality. Our elected officials need to respect the english language and the intelligence of the American voter, esp when they taint the debate with…lies (death panels anyone? socialism ..it does not change our system from a private insurer based system, etc). I wonder if he received permission from McConnell or Boehner to say such a thing, since those words never passed over their lips in the past year.

They were asked to come to the table…they didn’t. Some of their ideas are in the bill (obviously since now Gingrey has endorsed at least one) and complain that they weren’t heard..obviously they were. So Mr Gingrey, when do I start to actually believe anything you or your party’s representatives have to say?

Some people claim that President Obama is a liar. I do not agree. While I am not fond of how the legislation turned out, and how it had to be passed, the Democrats were as up front as they could be, esp in considering the lies, resulting anger, and psuedo leadership the Republicans have shown to date.

The Republicans say they want to lead. Okay. Where is your immigration reform plan, or at least talking points? Where is your proposed transportation bill, since it has expiresd and has a temp bill funding our system? I suggest you put up or shut up before you damage you party even more.

Mitzymy

March 24th, 2010
9:38 am

It really made me sick when I saw those congressmen being spit on and called nasty names. We are not intergrating schools this time, we are trying to insure that all Americans have proper health care. The tea party people are using this platform to show their racist feelings and they are out of place. It is so degrading to see people act like this, and remember, our news is shown overseas in almost every country that has access. What must they think of us now.

Daedalus

March 24th, 2010
9:40 am

What’s that beeping noise?

Has Gingrey put his rhetoric in reverse?

C’mon GOP stick to your guns. We need to return to the status quo — let health insurance companies deny coverage to persons with pre-existing conditions and dump people who get sick. They need the money.

Now that’s pure capitalism. Profits first and last!

Road Scholar

March 24th, 2010
9:42 am

Mitzymy: I agree with your disdain. But the tea party members do not care about what others think. It’s about them, at any cost.

Not Schooled in GA

March 24th, 2010
9:43 am

Gingrey already pledged to repeal it. Unless he is already weaseling out of it. A man of conviction.

LAWMAKER PLEDGE
“I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”

http://www.repealit.org/pledge/lawmaker?field_state_value_many_to_one=GA

Mike

March 24th, 2010
9:46 am

Why is it the blacks are upset about Rep. Barrow voting no against the Obama/Pelosi handout? Could it be that Democratic entitlement mindset?

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
9:48 am

Mitz-

You are wrong. I helped organize a Tea Party in my small town and am opposed to Obamacare. My son has a precondition that precluded him from getting individual health care policy and he didn’t work for a company with a group policy.

Why was I opposed? Because I want my son to suffer, of course not. I was opposed to Obamacare because it gave to much authority, in my opinion, to the federal government.

Am/was I in favor of health care reform, heck yes. But not what the Dems gave us.

wesleywhatwhat

March 24th, 2010
9:50 am

FINALLY, gingrey is starting to think about the best interests of ga citizens.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
9:52 am

Mitz/Road-

Can you direct me to the video that shows the Congressman spat on? Bad behavior is never acceptable, but it isn’t solely on the right. Does say Code Pink ring a bell?

Good ole boy from the 12th district

March 24th, 2010
10:10 am

Mike…maybe you should ask why the paper insisted on pointing out their race. They didn’t mention they were black, the Ajc and Savannah Morning News mentioned this. Regina Thomas is definitely qualified but they chose the man over the woman in 2008…Hence, maybe there was some gender issues going on here instead of race….

jj

March 24th, 2010
10:12 am

Phil was against it before he was for it or was he for it before he was against. Wait, wait he better call Rush to tell him what to say. Sad.

jj

March 24th, 2010
10:17 am

Re/Soldier—Sorry to hear about your sons condition. What kind of insurance policy does he have now? What kind of health care reforms do you propose?

bart

March 24th, 2010
10:21 am

It has occured to me that so much of the opposition to the healthcare law is reminiscent to the arguments southern politicians used agains the civil rights legislation of the 60’s…states rights, taking away our freedoms, secession, too much power in the federal government, blah, blah, blah. We southerners seem to want to live in the 19th century. Very sad.
And Retired Soldier, I don’t agree that it gives the federal government too much power, but, if it did, that would be a small price for me to pay to get my son insurance. I really wonder if your story is true. Most parents I know would do almost anything to get their children medical care so that they wouldn’t have to suffer.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
10:22 am

No insurance and BTW he was opposed to Obamacare on principal too. I’m a conservative, much smaller changes to insure each works and then builds on the previous changes. Open the market acreoos state lines, serious tort reform end the preconditions. That would be a good start.

James Carville

March 24th, 2010
10:22 am

@Mike maybe because he didn’t represent the views of his constituents. If I was in his district I’d vote for his opponent as well….and I have health insurance.

BW

March 24th, 2010
10:23 am

The solid South…i mean Republicans…are showing cracks…LOL

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Bart the story is true and we are living on the edge that nothing new happens to him. If it does before he has a job with insurance, then we help him pay.

This is where you libs have it wrong, my son or anyone else can and would get healthcare if needed the way things were. The propblem of course would be paying the bills and that’s where I would help.

bart

March 24th, 2010
10:31 am

The folks who are talking about repeal…which of the following do you want to repeal? This law immediately prohibits insurance companies from excluding children from coverage for pre-existing conditions. Later it prohibits insurance companies from excluding adults or charging more for pre-existing conditions. It prohibits insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. It eliminates lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits. It begins to close the “donut hole” on prescription drugs for senior citizens. It requires new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost sharing. It limits the out-of-pocket expenses your insurance company can make you pay. It extends coverage for young Americans, allowing them to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans up to their 26th birthday if they choose. It lets you comparison shop for a quality, affordable health plan through a new health insurance exchange or marketplace. Frankly, I’d like to see a Republican running against any of these itmes. Seems like it would be political suicide.

Nov. Bloodbath

March 24th, 2010
10:31 am

We’ll see you in Nov.

James Carville

March 24th, 2010
10:34 am

@Retired Soldier thank you for your service. The health needs of everyday Americans out weigh the ideologues on both sides. The government already provides health care it’s called Medicare, Medicaid et al. Those programs provide for many who can and sometimes can’t afford the outrageous costs related to our well being. It’s government, not perfect but, it’s available to many. This new program is trying to catch those falling through the net.

Sadly Neal Boortz chooses to call it a tax on white people. I’m a fan but sadden by his characterization. Like most I’ll bet you watch FOX News and have lost the ability to discern the difference between news and commentary (personal opinion). We are all being used for politician’s personal gain. Health care reform in America is well past due.

BW

March 24th, 2010
10:35 am

Nov Bloodbath…have you heard of gerrymandering? At best in this state you pick off Marshall and Barrow but Republicans will not hold all the seats in our Congressional district and will not destroy the Democrats a la 1994. Don’t forget it’s 7 months until November…the Democrats have plenty of time to further define the Republican party and make them take votes that may fracture their firm opposition to anything.

DannyX

March 24th, 2010
10:38 am

Hold on here………..What the heck is going on?

Shouldn’t this be a story on how Sanford Bishop is going to get crushed because of his support for health care reform? Now we find out that its actually Barrow that might be the one in danger?

The media completely got this one wrong. They went crazy covering the ridiculous Tea Party movement. The media didn’t cover the debate, they covered the crazy.

In the mean time, most polls were showing the opposite. Republicans fell in love with made up polls. They showed off their Rasmussen Polls as if they meant something.

Of course it scared the heck out of politicians like Barrow. Had he taken a good, deep look at public sentiment rather than the fear tactics he probably would be like Sanford, safe.

Funny, in this upside down world its Barrow doing the damage control.

ornery

March 24th, 2010
10:44 am

Graves is just a loud mouth punk who has done nothing for his current district. Him and Chip Pearson are a couple of dysfunctional goons with no clear path to policy. I like the Doctor from Blairsville.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
10:45 am

James-

Yes I watch Fox at 6 with Bret Bair, I find their coverage to be excellent. I also watch ABC with Sawyer at 7, does that make me a liberal?

This morning I watched MSNBC for close to an hour, does that make me Move On.org material?

I watch and listen to all sides, I can walk and chew gum too. Just because I hold a different opinion doesn’t mean I am stupid/uninformed/brainwashed.

You want dumb, take Joe Biden, please.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
10:48 am

BW-

Redistricting doesn’t occur until the 2012 election. Best case to lose in the general election in 2010 is Bishop, then by Marshall then by Barrow. Barrow could be picked off in the primary, haven’t seen any polls between Barrow and Thomas.

Marlboro Man

March 24th, 2010
10:52 am

Hard to take candy back.

JL

March 24th, 2010
10:53 am

If an insurance company is forced to accept those with pre-existing conditions, there is little incentive to acquire health care until you get sick unless there are mandates. The cost of insurance policies would skyrocket unless there is a bigger pool. You really can’t do one without the other.
Why does the state of Ga have to sue the federal government to overturn the law? I ask this because we all know that the state has limited funds and other states are already poised to do this. Why not take a wait and see attitude without spending state funds?

Alphare

March 24th, 2010
10:59 am

To be honest with you, I can take seriously arguments imposed by the southerners. Remember slavery? remember civil rights? They were not only against them, they were against them with guns.

People in the south are followers, they cannot be inventors. What’s the last time anything is invented in the south? They are right, like some of the 3rd world countries, the south has never invented anything either. Have you heard a Nobel prize winner from the south?

Well, one thing the south always lead the country: poverty, crime rate, bad education.

Most southerners just suck on other people’s creativity. California is a liberal state, but most of the modern inventions come from California, Connecticut/Massachusetts are liberal states, but that’s where the best colleges are.

Yes, southerners are “conservative”, because they cannot properly read or comprehend!

Paddy O

March 24th, 2010
11:04 am

The bloody law is unconstitutional. YOu think the Fed government has the authority to order you, a citizen, to buy a private product of be fined by the IRS? If so, move to Venezuela. The Fed government has LIMITED power. Otherwise, why could the FED government order you to buy pink lingerie or suffer a fine? That is why so many state AG’s are suing – GA is NOT one of them.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
11:04 am

Alp-

Are you kidding me? I have had some off the wall comments on this blog but you may number one. I was goin to respond further, but what’s the point.

Jill McElvy

March 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Doctor Cates from Atlanta has no business trying to buy this seat. 9th District voters aren’t stupid enough to fall for that.

And long-time democrat hatchet man Tom Perdue is the only one on that team who will win – $$$.

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Exactly Paddy.

Alphare

March 24th, 2010
11:06 am

Sorry for skipping proof-reading. Let me try again:

To be honest with you, I canNOT take seriously arguments imposed by the southerners. Remember slavery? remember civil rights? They were not only against them, they were against them with guns.

People in the south are followers, they cannot be inventors. What’s the last time anything is invented in the south? You are right, like most of the 3rd world countries, the south has never invented anything either. Have you heard a Nobel prize winner from the south?

Well, something the south always lead the country: poverty, crime rate, bad education.

Most southerners just suck on other people’s creativity. California is a liberal state, but most of the modern inventions come from California, Connecticut/Massachusetts are liberal states, but that’s where the best colleges are.

Yes, southerners are “conservative”, because they cannot properly read or comprehend!

RetiredSoldier

March 24th, 2010
11:07 am

Alp-

The problem with your comments was not the proof reading.

Paddy O

March 24th, 2010
11:08 am

Alphare – Southerners are true Americans -we don’t expect our government to wipe our butts every time we fart, which is WHY our tax burdens are so much lower than you over educated elitist, emperor no clothes wearing moron. Come on down to the south and we’ll see how tough your commie loving, tax paying dip wad survives. What state has the most murders? The biggest budget deficits? FU

Paddy O

March 24th, 2010
11:10 am

Alphare – Jimmy Carter. You need a Ruger shoved down your throat and the trigger exercised. Most northerners are so in love with themselves they fail to realize how bad their “professional” government is overcharging them for services they don’t actually need.

BW

March 24th, 2010
11:10 am

@Retired Soldier

Bishop is the longest shot because of his natural “constituency”. Barrow is probably going down….I don’t believe in conservative Democrats or fighting against your party….why the hell are you a Democrat if you disagree with the thrust of your party? Probably because it was the popular thing to do. Redistricting will add a district in the Atlanta burbs….it’ll be interesting to see the Atlanta-based Republicans do battle with the “Real Georgia” Republicans over the district lines.

JL

March 24th, 2010
11:11 am

Former President Bush enacted a law mandating unmarried fathers to provide health care for their children. I’m not a constitutional lawyer so I don’t know if the law is constitutional or not but we will find out. I just hope that we don’t spend state funds finding out. The governor has given out AG until noon to release his findings so we should know soon.

BW

March 24th, 2010
11:13 am

@ Paddy and Retired Soldier

This is why we have elections…government is not a panacea but private corporations aren’t either.

Paddy O

March 24th, 2010
11:13 am

Also, the south actually believes in freedom. The north oppresses their poverty/rednecks and pretends they don’t exist. Check out Camden NJ, Detroit MI, etc, etc. Travel through Baltimore & Philadelphia – too really 3rd world cities. Compare that with rural West Georgia, and if you would really rather live their, your gross stupidity is something you have to live with – enjoy it.

JL

March 24th, 2010
11:14 am

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to debate without having to name call. Gee!

Alphare

March 24th, 2010
11:16 am

Paddy O,

it’s all fine and dandy to be a “conservative” with me, but do you know which states where people have higher income and longer life expectancy? Hint: none of the southern states. Now, you understand how much the “conservative” values are worth?

Paddy O

March 24th, 2010
11:18 am

yes, less taxes.