Gingrich: House GOP Leadership ‘Deeply Committed’ to Stopping the Funding of Obamacare

By Nicholas Ballasy | March 21, 2011 | 4:01 AM EDT

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses the four-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Thursday, April 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

( – Although House Republicans passed a continuing resolution (CR) this week that permitted funding for Obamacare to continue, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a likely 2012 presidential candidate, said the House GOP leadership is “deeply committed” to stopping the funding of the health care law.

Following his speech on Friday at the National Press Club about Obamacare, asked Gingrich for his reaction to the GOP-led House passing a three-week CR that allows funding for Obamacare to continue.

Gingrich said, “I don’t have a reaction, because I don’t know what the details of where they are. But I can tell you that my conversations with the House Republican leadership -- they clearly are committed to stopping the implementation, and I think that you will find in the fight over the budget and the fight over the debt ceiling, they are going to take a very strong position.” followed up, asking Gingrich, "So, the next CR - do you think they will defund it?" "I can't tell you. I don't know what they're going to do on a day-to-day basis because I'm not up there trying to solve the problem. But, I do know they are deeply committed to stopping the funding and stopping the implementation,” Gingrich responded.

During the press conference sponsored by Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation, he predicted the health care law would be repealed by 2013.

“Polls have consistently shown that the majority of the American people want to repeal this,” he said. “I think it will be repealed. I think it will be repealed, probably by March or April of 2013. I think that it’s unfortunate that the Obama administration is stonewalling serious re-thinking of this bill.”