Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich concurs with his 1994 compatriot Bill Kristol: It's time to kill health care reform, again.
Q: Bill Kristol said that conservatives should 'move for the kill' on what is being proposed in the House and the Senate. How do you feel about that?
GINGRICH: Well I'm not quite sure what he means by that. I mean, If you're asking me if it would be a good idea to beat a bill that I think will ration care, increase government control over your life, strengthen the power of politicians, run up the deficit, raise taxes and kill jobs, yeah I think we ought to stop that proposal.
Gingrich framed his opposition in policy terms. But Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this morning and gave a more honest idea of the GOP's motives.
Asked "how much of this disagreement with the administration is about the policy of health care and how to fix it, and how much of it is Republicans' obviously understandable desire to declaw the president politically," Voinovich responded: "I think it's probably 50-50."