1. Here is Gingrich's
Iowa ad. The visuals reference Reagan's 1984 Morning In America ad, but the words of Gingrich's ad are nostalgic. The words revive and restore are prominent. The Reagan ad was for winners. The Gingrich ad is for a dispossessed people. "Some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past." Gingrich says in the ad.
2. Reihan Salam notes that, in 1983, the Reagan administration introduced as system of bureaucratically-directed pricing
and open-ended budgeting for Medicare that increased use of higher cost procedures and increased medical costs throughout the system, and that this might be part of the reason why US health care costs outpaced those of most other wealthy countries in the 1980s.
3. Gingrich's Medicare reform plan is a joke that will do nothing to bring down Medicare spending and Gingrich is demagoguing
the Romney Medicare reform plan (just like he did the Ryan Medicare reform plan earlier in the year) by saying that it would apply to current recipients. The man is a charlatan (though possibly not the only one.)
4. Is Gingrich's combination of implied Reagan nostalgia and a Medicare plan that will do nothing to curb the explosive growth of Medicare (even as we head into bankruptcy) what older, right-identifying Americans want?
5. I think the answer is more no than yes, but I think Gingrich believes the reverse.