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POLICY/TECH: AP exposes Gingrich, well sorta

The AP says that Newt’s Center for Health Transformation is a front for companies that want him to promote their points of view and that he’s doing it for the money. Well first this is not exactly news–and Newt has had his ethical issues over the years.

But for some time I’ve been wondering exactly what paying Newt 200K a year gets Sutter et al.. But I think I know the answer and it’s not that he mentions nice things about his members in op-eds or generally promotes things in public that might help them, nor is it that his group is delivering completely compelling research. At least if it is, it doesn’t come up much in his speeches. Maybe ol’ Newt just still have a little pull as a non-official lobbyist, per chance?  Although a little less so since last November.

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Posted by: John R. Graham
“Well, Mr. Gingrich spoke very well of my recently published U.S. Index of Health Ownership and I never gave him a dime! His blurb is on the back of the publication. So, he’s alright in my books!”
I think there are a few good movies that John Gotti saw and reviewed. I might even see some. John Gotti as a movie reviewer was probably an OK guy “So,he’s alright in my books”.

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Well, Mr. Gingrich spoke very well of my recently published U.S. Index of Health Ownership and I never gave him a dime! His blurb is on the back of the publication. So, he’s alright in my books!

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Newtie had a very big hand in the recent legislation that passed (barely) in Missouri that will remake Medicaid there in the coming year. Newt and Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) were great buds in Congress, and Roy’s spawn, Matt, is the highly unpopular governor of the Show Me (the Money) State. It could be that the CHT is using the state as their crash-test dummy, though some of their policy prescriptions did not pass. I’ll be watching to see who gets the contracts for the various private-sector service provisions that will come to fruition as the state remakes its Medicaid… Read more »

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[begin deadpan]
I’m shocked, shocked I say, that Newt would be a shill for someone pretending to offer something that just ain’t so for his own power and monetary enrichment. He would never sell himself that way. He is a model of priopriety, and that he’d lie for an industry that makes money by finding ways to distract us all from the fact that we don’t actually GET healthcare? Well, just beyond the pale.
[end deadpan]
Why won’t people like him just take the money and go? Please. We’ll PAY him to go away.