While the Republican race seems to shift from candidate to candidate with each primary, it seems to be a two horse race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Here’s a brief look at how they compare on the complex issue of health care.
Mitt Romney on Healthcare
Mitt Romney has had to do a peculiar dance regarding health care. In his home state of Massachusetts, Romney has presided over a successful state-run health care plan, but since state-run health care is not a popular stance with the Republican base that will get him the party nomination. It’s probably the main sticking point as to why he hasn’t already shored up the nomination. (more…)
Newt Gingrich has previously spoken in support of government incentives to encourage people to stay healthy, but what does he do to stay healthy himself? The presidential hopeful has been criticized for not maintaining a healthy weight, and has had little to say about his own food choices beyond the reported ritual of drinking a Diet Coke before debates.
However, one active pastime that Gingrich enjoys is golf, which he started playing after stepping down from his position as Speaker of the House. Before taking up the game, walking was his preferred form of exercise, and he also enjoys that aspect of golf. He has played a number of world famous courses and is a member of Donald Trump’s exclusive club in Northern Virginia. He learned much about playing golf from his wife Callista, who began playing at the age of nine.
In March of 2010, the Congress passed a set of health care reforms, spearheaded by President Obama, that had failed to be written into law by previous administrations. Yet as soon as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed by the president, calls for its repeal immediately sounded from Republicans. A compromise for some, a huge victory for some and a setback for others, the health care bill remains the center of a fierce debate. The government’s role in health care is about more than helping citizens stay healthy, it is closely tied to the underlying ideals about how the country should run.
Both sides of the aisle agree that further reforms are needed to reduce the cost of government-funded health care, but it is the extent and form of these changes that is widely debated. Health care is poised to be a major point of contention in the upcoming presidential debates, particularly among the candidates vying for the Republican nomination.