Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced Monday that he is appalled by the Republican Party’s attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act.
“I think we didn't do our job as an opposition party,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich noted that Republicans should have focused on the highly publicized problems with the law’s rollout.
"The more we dig into it, I'm sort of appalled that the Republican Party ... didn't explain more carefully the things we already know about Obamacare,” Gingrich said. “when we could've kept the president on defense the whole fall campaign.”
Gingrich suggested that Republicans should have a break out, goal-oriented agenda for the next summer. That kind of Republican party, he noted, would be in much better shape than the one trapped in budget fights.
He joined Sen. John McCain in calling the actual approach a fool’s errand, convincing Americans that the party could defund Obamacare without following through on their promise.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum has also criticized the GOP for the anti-Obamacare provisions, noting that Sen. Ted Cruz caused the most harm in spearheading the decision.
Santorum condemned Cruz for having a goal, but no solid plan to reach it.