Chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"...[T]his bill is an unmitigated disaster. It's going to increase the cost to the federal government on health care, it doesn't bend the cost curve down. Spending is going to go up on health care. It increases--it's going to increase personal insurance costs to consumers, people are going to have higher premiums. It's going to increase the debt and the deficit before it's all over, because the savings are illusory. In fact, 98 percent of the spending in this bill actually occurs in the fifth year on. So they back-load the spending, front-load... the cost, the tax increases, $518.5 billion in new and higher taxes, $471 billion in Medicare cuts. People are going to see their quality of care go down... whether you're a Medicare beneficiary or a private insurance beneficiary."
Roundtable discussion on Meet the Press, NBC, Dec. 20, 2009
Cowritten with Donna Brazile, "Congress Can Expedite the Presidential Transition, Roll Call, July 20, 2010
Winning Right: Campaign Politics and Conservative Policies, 2006
Co-Editor with Bob Schellhas, Contract with America, 1994
Born in Browns Mills, NJ, 1961
Legal name is Edward W. Gillespie
"Gillespie in 2004 became the first GOP chairman in 80 years to preside over his party’s winning the White House, House and Senate...
As a student at CUA [Catholic University of America], he got his first job on Capitol Hill—as a Senate parking lot attendant. He met Cathy, his wife of 22 years, on a congressional league softball team. They have three children: John (19), Carrie (16) and Mollie (13) and live near George Washington’s Mt. Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia." "Biography," edgillespiestrategies.com (accessed Aug. 31, 2010)