Skip to comments.Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry ($37 million & MANDATE)
Posted on 11/18/2011 2:51:00 AM PST by Fred
A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews.
The Center for Health Transformation, which opened in 2003, brought in dues of as much as $200,000 per year from insurers and other health-care firms, offering some of them access to Newt Gingrich and direct Newt interaction, according to promotional materials. The biggest funders, including firms such as AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Novo Nordisk, were also eligible to receive discounts on products and workshops from other Gingrich groups.
The health center advocated, among other things, requiring that anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase health insurance or post a bond, a type of insurance mandate that has since become anathema to conservatives.
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Illegal, no. Unethical, maybe. Conservative, definitely not.
Al Gore beats him by about a billion, but I'd rather have Herman Cain. Newth has advocated both sides of issues and is not as conservative as he claims in the primaries.
What’s not conservative about providing advice and being paid for it? You don’t even know what the advice was.
Oh, yeah, forgot about Al.
I think you’re right about Newt.
On the other hand, Cain’s abject ignorance is embarrassing and not appropriate to the office of the president IMO.
We’re really in a tight spot scouring our candidate list.
None of them are false, of course; they’re just all too happy to support Newt because he’s a good talker.
Never mind the fact that he supports the individual mandate like Romney.
Never mind the fact that he’s flip-flopped on global warming like Romney.
Never mind his ties to and support for ethanol, which is an abject failure that is destructive to engines.
There are plenty of other candidates with better credentials. I’d vote for Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, or even Rick Perry (gag) over Newt any day of the week.
After Newt left Congress - he created a consulting group that could use his expertise and navigation skills to stay ahead of the socialist trend in the Federal Government and its agencies.
He had no influence - only information.
Newt did not leave office a millionaire so he earned an income from he what he had observed and learned in office - fighting the Democrats and some in his own party.
...and we do soon forget, if not reminded.
That's about the size of it. And I was even told earlier this week that his record before 2009-2010 is irrelevant and does not matter.
So much for our sacred vetting process.
This is getting laughably transparent on the part of the media.
Build one of our guys up... once he reaches the top, have fun destroying him.
Except Mitt Romney, who you can bet will be the last one standing.
Even THIS field of crap candidates, we’re not allowed to choose our own... and we’re not even making it hard for them.
“Never mind the fact that hes flip-flopped on global warming”
I don’t think he has. He still thinks that urgent action is needed to stop global warming and he’s still in favor of cap and trade.
He also said recently that he’s still in favor of the national healthcare mandate.
He hasn’t backed down from any of his previous positions. He’s just avoiding them by talking about something else. Note that in the debates he always picks a fight with the moderators when they ask him a tough question. He dodges questions and criticizes others but is silent about his plan.
Gonna be hard to debate all of these issue’s.
Just a humble opinion....but Newt winning...would be like having Obama version 2.0 in office.
With the possibility of a third term.
It’s the lamebrain Cain supporters. They somehow think he can debate BHO on the issues. Cain would be our worst candidate...he couldn’t win a history debate with a 5th grader. Cain is ill prepared...he was out to sell books...that’s all. It would take a good year to get Cain caught up on the economy and foreign policy. He’s funny and a ladies man...but he’s no President I want.
Newt really does have the lefties rattled. obummer and the liberals are gonna lose all control in the next election and they are desperately trying to get something, some kind of mud to stick on all of our candidates. Ain’t gonna work. obummer’s marxism has failed and so has he and he’s taking the liberals down into failure with him. Sit back, watch, and enjoy the show cause the butt whoppin’s comng for the dems.
Is this ur best shot? Have us seen ur boy obummer’s rap sheet? huh? hmmmm............
The butt whoppin’s coming in 2012 have ur fun these last days.....
obummer, ur boy, will be GONE.
You’re right. Newt’s a Churchillian bulldog, for sure.
for a newbie you sure are vocal on destroying a candidate on our side hey.
Tell you what, let the left attack our own instead of our side attacking our own , that is if you are on our side and not on the left trying to destroy yet another candidate of ours.
Time will tell Timber Rattler
I think that’s great. The more money his think tank made the better. AT least he didn’t fleece the country while in office like the current bunch of thieves are doing, on both sides.
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