Gingrich gets religion about bashing Obamacare, Romneycareby Jane Musgrave | January 30th, 2012
JACKSONVILLE – The best moment of Newt Gingrich’s day on Sunday came when he went to Mass at night and learned Catholic bishops share his outrage over President Obama’s health care package, he said today.
As happened in Catholic churches across the nation, the priest at the church Gingrich and his wife attended read a letter, protesting a proposal that would require most employer-sponsored health plans to offer women contraceptive services, including sterilization.
“The Obama is engaged in a war against religion,” he told a small group that gathered in a hotel conference room to send him off on his last full-day of campaigning in the state. The proposed requirement, he said, “is in direct violation of freedom of religion and an example of the increasingly dictatorial attitude of this administration.”
He has repeatedly said that if elected president he would repeal Obama’s health care program hours after his inauguration. Today, he took that promise a step further: “Every American I want you to know,on my first day as president I will issue an executive order, repealing every aspect of infringement upon religious freedom in America upon that moment.”
He also used the bishops’ letter to remind supporters that the health care program Romney instituted as governor of Massachusetts was the model for Obama’s plan. He claimed Romney imposed the same dictates on religious groups there.
A nominal Southern Baptist until he met his third wife, Callista, he has said that his newfound religion has unleashed a spiritual awakening within him.