Ralph Weber of MediBid was contacted by the Gingrich campaign to participate in a Health Care round table discussion in Nashville during a campaign stop there yesterday. It was unanimous at the round table that Obamacare is horrible and must be repealed. Ralph presented Newt with a copy of MediCrats and a Stop ObamaCare bumper sticker. The following article contains quotes by Ralph, as well as the video which follows the article.
Four years ago, Ralph participated in a Healthcare panel with then presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. It seems that both Rudy and Newt recognize that free market solutions will solve this “healthcare crisis”, and not the government.
Newt Gingrich needles Obamacare in Nashville
Nashville Business Journal by Chris Silva, Staff Reporter
Date: Monday, February 27, 2012, 2:37pm CST – Last Modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 1:02pm CST
Republican presidential nominee hopeful Newt Gingrich was in town this morning talking health care as part of a panel discussion that took aim at the Affordable Care Act, which has become a key topic this election year.
Gingrich was joined by health care executives and physicians at the round table discussion, hosted at the offices of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. While he’s in stark opposition to “Obamacare,” Gingrich had some of the more moderate comments on the panel.
“Think about this as the beginning of the replacement debate, and not just the anti-Obamacare debate,” said Gingrich, who is in Nashville today to make multiple appearances as he attempts to stave off competition from other GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, who is leading in state polls.
“A lot of this predates Obama,” Gingrich continued, referring to the dynamic problems facing the nation’s health care system, including millions in uninsured and underinsured and the lack of a universal medical payment system that revolves around quality and performance. “We’ve really been drifting down this road from a dozen different directions for a very long time.”
That doesn’t mean Gingrich wore kid gloves, however. The health reform law “highlights how incredibly dumb the system is,” he said.
The former House speaker said he has worked extensively on both health care and matters pertaining to national security – and that health care is more convoluted, hands down.
“Health is ten times more complicated,” Gingrich said. “Almost nobody in politics can really approach it creatively because they get too tired. It is so hard and so dense.”
Health care leaders and politicians can work toward building a better system by listening to those on the ground level who are trying to come up with practical solutions, Gingrich said.
“People get in rooms and discuss abstract concepts and they put together rules, and then you have people who are actually practical, who are trying to do something, but they’re not as important as the people who are theoretical,” Gingrich said.
Other panel members did not hide their disdain for the Affordable Care Act.
“I think the Obama administration has a death grip on a loser,” said Merrill White, president-elect of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society.
“The Medicrats in Washington are able… to put in what they want” with the health reform law, said Ralph Weber, president and CEO of MediBid, a company based in Wilmington, Del., that allows patients to post a request for a procedure that doctors then bid on.
Scotte Hudsmith, CEO of Franklin-based Parental Health, was also on the panel. He asked Gingrich for his advice on how companies like his can try to get their innovations in front of the government for reimbursement consideration.
The GOP candidate also took a shot at Romney, saying “Romneycare” was not that much different than Obamacare.
Romney has also publicly stumped to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but has come under fire in the past from other Republicans for implementing near universal care while he served as the governor of Massachusetts.
The bottom line is that changes are needed at the top, Gingrich said.
“Health and education are the two places where we socialize behavior to avoid responsibility,” he said. “And they both are failing. We allow people to say it’s somebody else’s problem.”