Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The lesson from Massachusetts

Tuesday night's historic Senate election in Massachusetts delivered a resounding message to President Obama and Congress relative to health-care reform: slow down, drop the sweetheart deals and get back to publicly pursuing positive reform that all Americans want and need.

Assuming Congress and the President do the right thing and step back to reevaluate their health-care reform agenda, many proposals will likely be offered in the coming days and months. We at the Center for Health Transformation have consistently offered a practical, cost-efficient and consumer focused approach to reform. Any new plan must include civil justice reform, elimination of fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid systems, greater development of health information technology and much more that the Center details on its Web site.

Scott Brown and the people of Massachusetts fired a shot heard around the American political world on Tuesday. We can only hope that President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others were listening. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) certainly did, as he indicated that it is likely time to reevaluate the health-care reform agenda and possibly move in another direction. Any attempt to force through legislation in its current form serves as a detriment to the American people.

The American people need real reform that leads to lower cost and better care, not higher taxes and compromised delivery.

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My State of California needs the same kind of message that Brown gave Massachusetts. Liberals will blame the current governor for the State's troubles but they forget that a liberal Democrat governor was just as ineffecual as the Terminator is. It's the legislator which is owned lock, stock and barrel by unions and particularly public employee unions at the head of which is the teachers' union. They are draining the public treasury with health care and pension plans and in the case of teachers with lifetime jobs that make the dismissal of incompetents impossible. Unless the taxpayers throw the Democrats out of ofice the unions' legalized stealing will continue.

Posted by: mhr614 | January 25, 2010 10:35 AM
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Pretty much any republican's take on results from pretty much anywhere -

* If we won, it's time to gloat. We're number one, the opposition is toast. Rush Limbaugh and Sister Sarah, break out the party hats!

* If we lost, it was an aberration. The public was misinformed. The opposition lied to you. Rush Limbaugh and Sister Sarah, time to crank up the spin machine!

Posted by: seattle_wa | January 25, 2010 10:24 AM
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Let's see, Newt and the Republicans assert Massachusetts spoke for the nation but when Obama won and the Democrats scored a supermajority, that wasn't the nation speaking for the, uh, nation? It just won't be that easy right wingers--Democrats are still in control until you manage to replace them by way of the ballot and Barack Obama is still President. So pardon us if we snicker at your silly assertions that Brown somehow speaks for the entire nation. That's a whole lot of hooey.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | January 25, 2010 10:18 AM
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NEW: Health Care Mandates are Constitutional? Not Even Close

“The claim that the Founding Fathers would have thought the Constitution allows Congress to impose health care mandates is little short of absurd."
--Rob Natelson, Professor of Constitutional Law, Legal History, and Advanced Constitutional Law

Posted by: AJAX2 | January 25, 2010 10:13 AM
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A word of warning to the republicans and conservatives. We live in a political era where things can turn on a dime. In January of 2005, Karl Rove was levitating and boasting of a permanent republican majority. By the end of 2005, his President and his party was in the crapper. Same here with Obama. He and his party got overconfident, even arrogant. In early 2008, he was on top of the world. Noe he and the democrats are in the crapper.

But take heart folks. The GOP is in the crapper too. And the Tea Party is in a delusional bliss that will not last long either. They didn't win this either. It was a victory for the center. Any leader or party who grasps that will be the one to come out on top. My prediction is that the GOP will overinterpret this as a move to the right. And a year from now they will be even deeper in the crapper if they do.

This was a victory for the center, not for the right or the left. If the GOP tries to move the country to the Tea Party right, in 2012, they will get buried. Forever.

Posted by: jaxas70 | January 25, 2010 9:39 AM
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Newt is a fat pig, and a womanizing one as well.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 25, 2010 9:38 AM
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Isn't it curious that none of these big name republicans were on hand to campaign for Scott Brown before his election. Only after he pulled off this historic victory do big names from the past like Gingrich, Armey, Romney and the present GOP leadership step up to take full credit for a victory that was not won by republicans. It was won by independents and by default, disgruntled liberals and democrats who did not show up at all.

And don't some of you find it at least a bit odd that none of the big names in the Tea Party movement--Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Dick Armey, Jim Demint--made any public appearances in support of Brown? Only after he was elected did they crawl out like termites out of rotten wood to claim a victory they did nothing to earn.

And what did Brown win on? He didn't win on the GOP bread-and-butter issues. He didn't win by calling Obama all sorts of names and accusing him of being a communist or a socialist. Indeed, if one listens closely, it is hard to distinguish Scott Brown from the Barack Obama who won in 2008. He ran on changing business-as-usual in Washington and a whole range of populist issues having to do with making Washington more responsive to main street rather than Wall Street.

He sure as hell didn't run on Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck style rhetoric. I challenge any of you Tea Party bugs out there to refute what I have said.

It never ceases to astonish me how the media tries to interpret this as a great victory for the Tea Party. Doesn't anyone find it at least a bit odd that not one of the big name Tea Party supporters--Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Dick Armey or Jim Demint--made public appearances in support of Brown before the election, but were all over the boob tube after he won trying to take credit for his win.

Posted by: jaxas70 | January 25, 2010 9:26 AM
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The GOP demonstarted in the first decade of this century that it is incapable of governing. Why ANYONE would listen to someone like Newt Gingrich is puzzling to say the least.

Posted by: raqualung | January 25, 2010 9:19 AM
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Newt, I have to ask you.... When you were in Congress during the Reagan administration, were you willing to change and make reforms that were not in line with your Contract with America in order to compromise with those who were against your policies? I wonder, as a young inexperienced politician and president if Obama feels the same as you did back them.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 25, 2010 9:08 AM
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As a Mass resident, lets put some basic facts down:

-Mass has more independents than Dems & Repubs combined. Brown energized the independents.
-The independents were concerned, not by the HC bill itself, but the process. Brown was not elected to kill the bill, but to help it. He said so during his acceptance speech.
-If Brown does not work with Dems in the next 2 years, he will be voted out just as quickly as he was voted in.
-Martha Coakley ran a terrible campaign. She took a vacation just after the primary and never went out to meet voters. Brown did. He criss-crossed the state. The towna that voted for him had a 60% turnout, the obes that voted for Coakley had a 40%.

The only national referendum this was to get politicians to work together. That is it. Nothing else.

Posted by: jjj141 | January 25, 2010 8:37 AM
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Your short piece was right on the money Newt. Well said.

Posted by: WmJLePetomane | January 25, 2010 8:32 AM
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All these insults aimed at Newt, they certainly tell me how serious Democrats are about bipartisanship

Please explain to me how serious the Republicans are about bi-partisanship? Last I checked the senate still has 59 Dems, and 41 Repubs. I guess the Repubs will not have to explain why they filibuster just about every piece of legislation (112 times in 2009).

Posted by: jjj141 | January 25, 2010 8:29 AM
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so, Newt, how IS the wife??

Posted by: hohandy1 | January 25, 2010 8:07 AM
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Mass. said "We have our own health care, scr€w the rest of the country."

That is America isn't it? "I have mine, scr€w you. Praise the Lord."

82% of Christian America thinks that the Bible says: "God helps those that help themselves." That ladies and gentlemen is an American Christian value. The phrase came from Ben Franklin not the Bible.

Posted by: James10 | January 25, 2010 7:55 AM
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The people of MA no more spoke for the u.s. than you do salamander-man. The people of MA just did not want anyone f_ucking with their UNIVERSAL HEALTH-CARE. What the people of MA ACTUALLY said was: "gimme that it's MINE". They did not want someone in the senate who would bring about changes to the state's current health-care system because that might mean that MA changes to its system could go bye-bye and be replaced with something considerably less than what they now have.

All that the people of MA said in Tuesday's election was that they are a bunch of greedy b_astards.

Posted by: spike591011 | January 25, 2010 7:52 AM
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Mr. Gingrich is doing it again - some call it reframing, some call it spin - but if it is completely divorced from the facts, isn't that more like lying?

Howard Dean reported the day after the Mass. election on the overnight polls in which voters who stayed home and didn't vote expressed their need for more health care - not less, preferably in the form of the public option.

Other polls showed those who did vote to be angry about the economy and the loss of jobs - not health care which came in at about 2%. Yet Republicans are using this occasion to preach the same sermon - which is essentially lying to us about what the true meaning of the Mass election was in service of their own cause.

Posted by: bnsam1 | January 25, 2010 7:36 AM
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"We at the Center for Health Transformation" ok Newt, so you're doing lobbying for a special interest, I get it. I'm sure they pay you well. But don't try to pretend you're out to do other than guard profits from blood money, because at least some of us know better.

It'd be better for everyone if Newt crawled under a rock until he came up with some ideas that didn't involve screwing the public some more.

Posted by: Nymous | January 25, 2010 5:19 AM
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23% percent of the country voted for Obama in '08. By your definition apathy wins every election. Fact is, the turnout for the Mass election was considered very high especially considering the weather conditions that day.

The numbers from the CBO and accepted by Harry Reed state that the rates for people who don't get insurance through their employer would rise 10-12% under the senate plan. Does this sound to you like something that would encourage innovators to go out on their own? And look, when Bob Herbert in the NY Times writes that there is a ticking time bomb for the middle class in these "reform" bills, we should be nervous. Unless of course if you belong to a union. By the way, how does something that encourages you to belong to a union encourage innovation or start up?

Most of the country has intuitively understood the con here. This is an entitlement program with very little reform for the middle class. And the former director of the CBO, writing in the WSJ, said that the bill contained every budget trick in the book.

Posted by: josettes | January 25, 2010 2:22 AM
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Yet more fact-free Newt opinions.

Apathy won in Massachusetts, not Mr. Brown.

Newt, there are over 5 million eligible Massachusetts voters. 23% voted for Mr. Brown. 77% of Mass. residents did NOT vote for Brown.

I live in California, where the medical loss rate on health insurance for small technology startups like ours is about 75-80%, which means the insurance firm steals 20-25% of the top of every premium dollar, leaving about 60-70 cents for actual medical care.

By comparison, malpractice cost is about 1-2%.

Why do you. Mr. Gingrich, keep ignoring the theft implicit in insurance model? They add no value, so why should they take margin? Don't you realize the private insurance business practices are strangling American innovation and entrepreneurship? The auto industry is obvious victim, but medical devices innovators like my firm have same problem.

Prospective recruits are fearful to leave a big company to join a startup and invent the next generation of new technology. The small company can't match medical benefits because we have fewer than 25 employees. We seek PhDs, who are generally older, with families and are more likely to have pre-existing conditions. Literally US health insurance is a ball and chain imprisoning US innovation.

Posted by: boscobobb | January 25, 2010 1:45 AM
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Looking closely at the numerous posts slamming Newt, it seems many of them were written by the same person using different accounts.

Posted by: josettes | January 25, 2010 1:41 AM
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With a name like "Newt Gingrich" it's GOT to be Good !

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Posted by: gsdhgfjswtyhetrjytjy | January 24, 2010 10:33 PM
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All these insults aimed at Newt, they certainly tell me how serious Democrats are about bipartisanship.

Sure, indulge your hatred and let the country do down the drain. At least you will have the satisfaction of bashing Republicans. And that is worth it, right?

Obama is not himsself a hater - he is a conciliater. But unfortunately he has a lot of baggage to carry in the form of hateful Democrats.

Posted by: rohitcuny | January 24, 2010 9:59 PM
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where do you get these nonsense ideas from?

first of all, Brown was (presumably) elected to represent ONLY massachusetts voters -- NOT the national republican party.

newt, did you flunk your high school civics class and did you buy your PhD off some website?

the last time i checked each state has two senators and they are supposed to do the work of the senate NOT represent a political party, ideology, or be "anti" anything; they should intend to make lives better for their own constituents. Let's hope Mr. Brown knows what his constitutional responsibilities are before he heads for d.c.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 24, 2010 9:28 PM
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Why would anyone care what that fat old Gingrich thinks,Gawd the guy is sooo out of touch with real Americans,Hey mr. newt Mass does NOT speak for All Americans please get a grip on reality.What did newt ever do for those Americans without affordable healthcare? NOTHING!!!

Posted by: smorrow | January 24, 2010 9:18 PM
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In 1994 after the republican takeover of Congress, I emailed Speaker Gingrich this message: there is a family here in S W VA. that has been on welfare since its beginng. If you and your fellow republicans get them off, I'll vote republican the rest of my days as will my family. GUESS WHAT NEWT? these folks are still on welfare. The only things that change in Washington is one bunch of thieves replaces another. TERM LIMITS will fix it. Obama won because Americans were tired of the lying republicans who have never done anything for working families since Lincoln was assinated, & never will. What the dems need to do is return to the populism of our fathers & take care of working men & women who made this nation. The Tories & republicans did not & will not. They along with Bill Clinton deported jobs without replacing them with other jobs. HOW ABOUT A WPA or CCC. Put folks to work.Republicans will cut the rich folks taxes & hope it tricles down. Let's let some trickle up.

Posted by: tlrasnic | January 24, 2010 8:56 PM
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I wonder if Mr. Gingrich's definition of health care reform includes serving his wife with divorce papers as she comes out of cancer surgery. Which wife was that, anyway, Newt? By the way, if you want real health care reform, why didn't you do something when you held the office you disgraced?

Posted by: greenm1 | January 24, 2010 7:24 PM
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Let's see....according to the former Speaker of the House, Massachusetts has spoken for America. This is great news!! Since Massachusetts has had long had same-sex marriage, I guess it has spoken on that for America too. Will Newt lead his GOP into the promised land of LBGT equality nationwide?

Posted by: johnklenert | January 24, 2010 7:04 PM
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For 4 decades the people of Massachusetts voted for Health care and a Democrat. Not once in those years did Newt say, "the people of Massachusetts spoke for America". Another brilliant insight by Newt...

Posted by: joseph_rich_tx | January 24, 2010 6:38 PM
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Wrong. Conservatives have stood in the way of health care reform for seven decades. This magnification of Massachusetts is simply another ruse to preserve the poor health status of average American citizens. Frangible are superficially reasonable analyses of the behaviors of masses of persons. Perhaps what many have said is true--Coakley simply appeared to be to arrogant for words.

Posted by: Martial | January 24, 2010 6:11 PM
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"The American people need real reform that leads to lower cost and better care, not higher taxes and compromised delivery."

And the republicans have stood in the way of this goal for 30 years. They have stood against any health care reform and insurance reform, and have only worked to reduce taxes on the wealthy. Why should we trust republicans to bring to America what they have prevented for 30 years? Do you think America is stupid?

What happened in MA is local politics. They have health insurance. They could care less what happens with health reform on Capital Hill. To take this local election and blow it up to be what it is not is, well, very like Gingrich, to ignore the results of Obama's own election but hype a 3rd rate politicians like Brown, who has already shown his morality by denigrating his daughters in front of a national audience. What a guy you got there... He'll be out in 2010 for sure.

Posted by: Fate1 | January 24, 2010 5:35 PM
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Doing nothing on health care is not an option and should not be considered any kind of victory for the GOP - it could come back to bite in a big way because they now have skin in the game. I continue to be amused by a GOP that continues to arrogantly tell the world that they fave the ONLY answers after a ruinous 8 years when they were in charge. If the policies they espouse had any merit, then we should have been in deep clover (instead of the stuff we're in) by now, wince we had 8+ years of full-throated application of these nonsensical policies which boil down to "give all the money to the rich, and hope for the best" and "kill all dark-skinned people we don't agree with"

Posted by: staussfamily | January 24, 2010 5:18 PM
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Coakley was actually a typical Republican. She prosecuted persons who were likely innocent as a means to obtain public office. Scum is scum, whether it poses as a "reforming" Speaker of the House or a "crusading" prosecutor.

Posted by: Martial | January 24, 2010 5:06 PM
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Shut the uck up, you fat unfaithful cheating on your wife hypocrite fool - you don't speak for me.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 24, 2010 3:27 PM
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Dear areyousaying,

If you and fellow Democrats do not understand that the country has been and remains "center right", you will get nowhere. If Obama does not understand that the majority do not want bigger government and spending, he will lose massively in 2010.

The Beck types and some teabaggers are a fringe of the right just as are the moveon folks & crazy pink grandmas to the left.

Posted by: sally62 | January 24, 2010 3:15 PM
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This contemptible parasite's sole skill is finding a community of idiots and bleeding them for their last nickels.

Posted by: Attucks | January 24, 2010 2:54 PM
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The sausage that the Congress was producing had little appeal to the majority of voters. Scott Brown's election from a indigo state did send a message from the country and Democrats in Congress will not ignore it because they like their jobs.

Whether they can craft a more palatable recipe is entirely in their hands.

Posted by: edbyronadams | January 24, 2010 2:26 PM
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Massachusetts, which already has state funded heath benefits for all its residents, has no dog in the health care fight.

They spoke for themselves accordingly.

Let's not make local politics more national than then should be.

Posted by: keithrjackson | January 24, 2010 2:04 PM
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Liberals are still at their favorite sport-
insulting the opposition.

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Are you saying you conservatives don't do the same al la, Beck, Limbaugh and the entire RNC cast and crew of Fox News who do it for ratings, fame, power and a fast buck?

Are you saying they are not "...stooping to scatology and insultos (sic) whenever a "liberals" (sic) voices fact-based opinion in print...." even though Limbaugh and his parrots with their limited vocabulary know no other word to describe Obama other than "narcissistic"

Another new, "brighter" whiter Republican (obviously without a spell or grammar checker) calling the proverbial kettle black.

Posted by: areyousaying | January 24, 2010 1:23 PM
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With due respect to Mr. Gingrich, I find it extraordinarily ironic that he would cast Massachusetts as the voice of all American voters. This is a traditionally liberal state with heavy concentrations of minority voters. Will Mr. Gingrich concede that Massachusetts voters delivered a "resounding message" when they adopted universal health coverage requirements a couple of years ago? Will he further concede that there was a "resounding message" intended in the election of a Republican who is pro-choice and pro-gun control?

I suspect not. Anyone who thinks that the voters of a particular state or region speak for the Union as a whole is, and always has been, badly mistaken.

Posted by: turkishd | January 24, 2010 12:35 PM
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Liberals are still at their favorite sport-
insulting the opposition. Why liberals, who pride themselves on their superior intelligence and education, insist on stooping to scatology and insults whenever a conservative voices fact-based opinion in print, is something I have never understood. The comments liberals have posted here are typical. Now that they no longer have Air America to listen to, I would have hoped that liberals would study US history and learn about rational argument.

Posted by: mhr614 | January 24, 2010 12:26 PM
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Just who America needs to hear from on this event. One of the last two of three former republican Speaker of the House who had to resign in disgrace.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 24, 2010 12:25 PM
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Newt should keep his conservative ideas down South with the good old boys. They live in a world of discrimination, racism, cheap labor, this is a change we don't need.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | January 24, 2010 12:15 PM
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Mr. Gingrich eschewing "sweetheart deals": Now, there is a twist.

Posted by: ewsnyder | January 24, 2010 12:06 PM
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Newt Gingrich speaking about what's good for America, don't insult my intelligence. I hope he runs for President with the rest of the GOP HOPEFULS.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | January 24, 2010 12:05 PM
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Why is this guy writing here again. He was run out of Congress for his corruption. He has no credibility left.

As for Massachusetts, look at the Republican's campaign. Just like all the other Republicans before him - at least over the last 40 years - his platform was one of lies and distortions. What is so galling is the American voters are gullible to buy it. He offered no solutions to the problems his party's 30 years of failed fiscal policy have caused. Nothing, nada, nyet, zip, not one hint of a solution.

To Republicans healthcare reform has become protectionism for insurance company profits. Wouldn't it be nice to have your doctor deciding how to treat you instead of an accountant in New York City? That is what the GOP is offering, and a 7-11% annual increase in premiums the insurance companies already promised to impose just because Americans talked about reform. Conservatives cost too much to have around.

Posted by: BigTrees | January 24, 2010 11:52 AM
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The people of MASS speak for their state and only their state.

In two years they'll toss this yutz out on his ear.

What MASS does point out is how sadly unfocused Democrats are: no coherent message, no state by state strategy, no focused national posiiton and no leadership.

Posted by: stephenrhymer | January 24, 2010 11:01 AM
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How unfortunate that so little brain power is invested in so many comments. No wonder the nation find the Post and it's moronic readership so hopelessly disconected from the base of American voters.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | January 24, 2010 10:58 AM
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Sorry Newtie, Massachusetts nor the Republican party speak for me.

Well... I not really "sorry."

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 24, 2010 10:46 AM
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Didn't Newt go out and find a religion to wear on his sleeve?

Posted by: Marcaurelius | January 24, 2010 10:45 AM
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Cancer survival rates are far better in the United States than elsewhere, for all common cancers.

Infant survival rates in the U.S. match that of Europe; we consider it a live birth from the moment he or she is born; in Europe, they do not consider it as a live birth if it dies within a day, or up to a month, depending on the country.

In Canada, I'd likely be dead of colon cancer by now. Here, most receive colonoscopies in time to detect early. In Canada, only about 20 or 25% receive them. The survival rate there is accordingly high.

Roughly 85% of medical advancements - drugs, diagnostics - originate here in the United States.

From Scott Atlas, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical School:

"Nine out of ten middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to fewer than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent)

Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a Pap smear, compared to fewer than 90 percent of Canadians.

More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, compared to fewer than one in six Canadians (16 percent).

"Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans who could benefit from statin drugs, which reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease, are taking them. By comparison, of those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent of Britons, and 17 percent of Italians receive them."

Do we spend more on health care? Absolutely. Reason? We get more! Even a socialist could understand that, but only if they work at it.

Posted by: topflan | January 24, 2010 10:15 AM
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You sir, are the basest of hypocrites. You have no credibility. Go to your local community college and acquire training for a new profession. Just please, go away.


Posted by: jdodson1 | January 24, 2010 10:13 AM
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Did Massachusetts speak for America on Gay Marriage too?

Posted by: rcvinson64 | January 24, 2010 9:31 AM
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Are you saying, Newt, you want to drop the "sweetheart deals" your new, brighter, whiter GOP now has with big insurance companies?

Posted by: areyousaying | January 24, 2010 9:20 AM
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"eliminating fraud" isn't going to get it done, especially when medicare's administrative cost ratios are lower than most private insurers

actually were some good things in the now dead bill, but Obama lost me when he gave the unions a special exemption on the cadillac tax

Posted by: TGT11 | January 24, 2010 9:08 AM
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"eliminating fraud" isn't going to get it done, especially when medicare's administrative cost ratios are lower than most private insurers

actually were some good things in the now dead bill, but Obama lost me when he gave the unions a special exemption on the cadillac tax

Posted by: TGT11 | January 24, 2010 9:06 AM
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The lesson from MA is that MA has its own state-run exchanges, its own mandate, and its own best-in-the-nation rate of coverage. And there's no movement to end that regime.

Wait, did that cut against your thesis? While you think about that, try not to let your *own* neighbors die.

Posted by: wyoung515 | January 24, 2010 9:01 AM
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I am from Massachusetts. I am soooo tired of the national press and politicians like Newt making more of this election than they should. We Massachusetts Democrats and Martha Coakley ran a stinky campaign. But Ted Kennedy won every time because he had great constituency service and he brought home the bacon. He did not have to campaign during an election because he campaigned all the time. He was a tough act to follow, especially in a year in which a number of Democratic state officials are under indictment (one most recently for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accidenct). Reading more into this election, as many have been doing, is simply dangerous. If the Democrats in Congress don't pass health care reform and start wimping out on other issues (Ben Bernake needs to be confirmed), many of us who vote Democrat all the time will become independents too. The Democrats need to get some courage and stop acting like a bunch of babies.

Posted by: KJS1956 | January 24, 2010 8:35 AM
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Virtually every country in the advanced world gets better healthcare outcomes than the US at considerably lower costs, and they all have one thing in common - socialized medicine. Is it possible we could learn something from them?

Posted by: stevenveshosky | January 24, 2010 8:14 AM
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"America hates ugly". "Screaming Idiots." "Evil people live and talk forever." You folks are nuts.

Posted by: anti-danyboy | January 24, 2010 8:06 AM
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Gingrich does NOT speak for me nor for millions of Americans. As a long-time registered Independent, I have found that neither party is perfect, no matter how they try or what they say.

It is up to us, as individuals, to research the backgrounds, the policies and voting records of all candidates. We have gotten lazy and too many rely on people like Gingrich when making decisions.

Posted by: Utahreb | January 24, 2010 7:26 AM
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Newt is continuing proof that good people die too young and evil people seem to live and talk forever.

Posted by: Skepticalone | January 24, 2010 6:29 AM
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This country is politically hamstrung and nothing substantitive will ever get done. Its a joke.

Meanwhile millions more wont be covered and thousands more will die as a result of not having healthcare.

U must be so proud Newt.

Posted by: Chops2 | January 24, 2010 1:16 AM
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Civil justice reform? Just another fancy word for Tort reform? You could never ever give me enough civil justice for the health care system that destroyed 2 of my family members and subjected us all to years of hellish care.

Gingrich was never concerned about the little guy, why start now?

Posted by: AverageJane | January 24, 2010 12:54 AM
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Newt you know for sure that your party will never take on health care because you all believe that anyone who doesn't have any is just a lazy bum. Your party has no mercy on anyone except yourselves. Your permanent Republican majority, which you worked so hard to bring about, never happened either because you were too ambitious and refused to accept anything close to being bipartisan.

Your own immoral behavior as a husband also gave us a window into just who you really are. Now that you are no longer king of the House, you've toned down your boastful sureness. Perhaps you should try being a patriotic American and start dealing with your fellow Americans as equals. I know that is something you cannot stomach, thinking of yourself as an equal to anybody.

Republicanism never used to be the way it is today, but the era of Atwater, Gingrich and Rove turned your party into an evil entity who will stop at nothing to smear the most decent of humans just to gain all of the spoils. None of you really have one bit of concern for this country or its citizens. Your point of view and those like you is all about power and riches for you and yours, only.

Just like the chickenhawks Cheney and Bush who sent everyone's sons and daughters to their battle deaths, but not themselves or their own children, you view uninsured people as not your worry.

Mr.Brown of Massachusetts has a long way to go in proving just how good a citizen he is in working for his fellow citizens and not his political party. If he is just another Newt Gringrich or John Boehnner, seeking only fame and fortune, than he won't last long. We citizens are calling you out, calling out the screaming idiots bought and paid for by big Health Insurance, calling out the racists and hypocrits who claim to be Christians but their actions follow the devil. You're one of those.

Posted by: papafritz571 | January 24, 2010 12:35 AM
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Newt you disgusting cherub! Thank god America hates ugly.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | January 24, 2010 12:32 AM
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