Sunday, June 10, 2007

Oh Newtie!! What a grand week when you make it in the news twice!
What more could a girl ask for?

Gingrich's ideas benefit contributors

By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer
Sun Jun 10, 12:24 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Potential GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has promoted public policy positions that closely track the financial interests of companies that underwrite a think tank he founded.

The Center for Health Transformation is part of an elaborate consulting and communications empire Gingrich has built since he left Congress under a political cloud in January 1999.
It gives the former House Speaker and Georgia Republican a far-reaching platform for his views, which he airs on television and radio, in paid speeches and in dozens of opinion columns in major newspapers.

Among his ideas is a health system that lets consumers, not health maintenance organizations, choose the best doctors, medical treatments and hospitals. Such a goal would be accomplished with health savings accounts, which are sought by companies that fund Gingrich's think tank. The accounts would encourage people to shop for cheaper care and forgo treatments they do not need.


Critics say Gingrich is doing free advertising, not the free thinking he is admired for by conservative supporters. Gingrich aides say his ideas are aimed at helping all people and not a particular company.

Gingrich, through a spokesman, declined to be interviewed.

Ellen Miller, an open-government advocate who runs the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, said: "It's a phony think tank. He's nothing but a corporate shill and everything he says about health care should be regarded with complete skepticism."

Stop the presses!!! The Republicans have found their ultimate candidate!!

"He's nothing but a corporate shill*."

That would fit perfectly on a bumper sticker.

*check out the rest of the article for the depth of his "shillness".


At 6:09 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Man I'm grumpy today.


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