Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gingrich blasts health care reform, Perdue plans to sue

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM

click to enlarge FUNNY FACE Former House speaker says health care bill 'will not stand'
  • FUNNY FACE Former House speaker says health care bill 'will not stand'

Newt Gingrich stopped by the St. Regis in Buckhead today to rail against the recently passed health care reform bill that would extend insurance to millions of Americans — including some 1.7 million Georgians.

Gingrich was in town for an event held by the Center for Health Transformation, a for-profit organization that aims to "grow a movement that will accelerate the adoption of transformational health solutions and policies that create better health and more choices at lower cost." Nice and vague, just how we like it. I wonder who started this noble organization and helps "grow the movement" with endless Fox News appearances? Oh, his name is Newt Gingrich.

The former House Speaker turned well-funded "advocate" told reporters that the legislation opposed by a majority of Americans has helped put the country on a road to overspending, which will eventually bankrupt the country and turn future generations into China's debt slaves.

(Much has been made over "majority of Americans actually oppose the bill" talking point. Gingrich said two out of every three Americans are against the measure. According to pollster.com, which compiles various poll results, a little more than 50 percent of Americans are listed as "disapproving" the proposal. Here are additional poll numbers that show different results.)

Gingrich also denounced alleged threats made against lawmakers who voted for the bill. Angry, pitchfork-wielding, gas-line cutting' Americans should focus their energy on this November's elections, he said.

Gov. Sonny Perdue, who appeared briefly with Gingrich at the press conference, says he'll appoint a "special attorney general" to block the legislation. State Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat who's running for governor, denied Perdue's request to file a lawsuit. Baker said the state would have little chance of winning the case, which is sure to be costly. Reportedly there are a number of lawyers who've volunteered their services to the governor. The Democratic Party of Georgia has filed an Open Records Request requesting communications between the governor and various Republican organizations regarding the health care legislation.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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