Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) called on congressional Republicans and the White House to move past their differences and work toward implementing health care reform, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and lowering taxes.
In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Friday night, Gingrich told host Sean Hannity the Republicans are “all gridlocked” and need to “get over” their differences.
“Despite all the noise in Congress, President Trump is making real progress, and he’s getting things done.” Gingrich told Hannity. “And every time you turn around, you see new signs of investment, new commitments to build things in the United States.”
“I think that he’s got to solve this legislative problem,” Gingrich said, referring to the failure of the American Health Care Act to pass through the House of Representatives, despite having been backed by President Donald Trump, and the failure of Congress and the White House to pass any significant legislation in 2017. “My personal advice would be to start with infrastructure. … we’ve got to rebuild our infrastructure. I think you start there. Then you move to a nice tax-cut bill, not just tax reform. And then you get to health care, third.”
“But right now, I think they’re all gridlocked and too busy being mad at each other,” said Gingrich. “They got to get over it, relax. This is the beginning of a long game. This is not the end of it. And we have lots of time to get lots of good things done for America.”
Gingrich also told Hannity he believes Republicans shouldn’t assume all Democrats in the Senate will vote against health care reform. Gingrich said Democratic senators in red-learning states—such as Indiana, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota—could flip in favor of a GOP health care reform bill because rural America has been hit particularly hard by Obamacare’s failures.
On Friday, The Blaze reported another major health insurance provider, Anthem, is close to pulling out of Obamacare exchanges nationwide, a decision that could leave more than 200,000 individuals, mostly in rural areas, without access to a single health care insurer option available through their local Obamacare exchange.