Crony Capitalism: Newt’s Think Tank Took $37 Million From Health Care Industry

By Gary P Jackson

At least now we know why this jackass has been pushing the individual MANDATE so hard!

Newt has advocated forcing Americans to either purchase insurance, or maintain a cash bond, for a long time. In a video from May of this year, which I wrote about earlier, Newt compares forcing Americans to have health insurance to requiring drivers to have automobile insurance. A bogus talking point straight out of the far left’s hymnal.

Now mind you, Gingrich always says he’s not for “government run health care” and he knows by saying this, many voters will hear that, and become convinced that he’s one of us.

In all fairness, Newt is indeed not a supporter of the Full Monty, all out single payer, government run socialized system, but he is absolutely for the one part of it that is unconstitutional: Forcing people to buy insurance.

As intelligent people know, if the government can force you to buy a product, simply because you exist, they can force you to do anything. This is the entire argument against ObamaCare, and yet Newt is all for it.

From the Arizona Republic:

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 center advocated, among other things, requiring “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.

The group also pushed proposals to build centralized electronic medical records and use such data to research treatment effectiveness, both central features of President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms.

Gingrich, who has been under fire recently for his lucrative consulting business, left the health-care think tank earlier this year to run for president. But his time there exemplifies the former Georgia congressman’s post-legislative career as a well-paid consultant and policy guru, a role that earned him and his companies tens of millions of dollars over the past decade.

His experience at the think tank also illustrates Gingrich’s past flirtations with moderate policies on health care, the environment and other issues that have become the subject of controversy and criticism in the presidential race.

The Gingrich campaign referred questions about the center to the think tank. Susan Meyers, a center spokeswoman, declined to comment on the think tank’s income or staffing levels because it is a private organization. She said that neither the center nor Gingrich has engaged in formal lobbying.

I love how Newt and his minions are always careful to say he never “formally” engages in lobbying when these sort of stories come up. He’s carefully described as a “consultant.”

As you read further, Newt’s company sure claims to be everything a lobbying firm would!

I’m sure Newt’s supporters will attempt to explain this all away as an innocent situation, but nothing could be further from the truth!

Newt has been shilling for MANDATED health care insurance for a long time. Now we know he’s been getting paid mega-bucks to do it.

Newt doesn’t have to lobby Congress. Sadly, a lot of voters have been fooled into thinking this jackwagon is a Conservative. That, and the fact Newt was once Speaker of the House, gives Newt the chance to convince voters that MANDATES are actually cool.

There’s a reason why Newt and his think tank got $37 million from various health care and insurance companies. If Americans are forced to buy their product, health care insurance, this would mean billions, if not trillions, in guaranteed sales!

The stakes are high, and good old Newt, a politician who is always for sale, is only too glad to help.

There’s more from ABC Radio: [emphasis mine]

As Newt Gingrich attempts to shrug off his political baggage, the former House speaker is under new scrutiny for having close ties to health care giants and flip-flopping on his statements on health care.

The Center for Health Transformation, which Gingrich founded, raked in millions of dollars from heavy hitters like GE Healthcare and Wellpoint, as first reported by the Washington Post.

The group says it does not lobby, but on its website, it touts its ability to build bridges between the federal government and private sector.

Among its strengths, the think tank lists its unparalleled “network of allies” in the federal government, states, corporations and hospitals; “coalition building capabilities,” and “media visibility.”

Gingrich no longer owns the company and left when he decided to run for president. But his work with the group shows that the former congressman from Georgia has yet to overcome the challenge of reconciling his two roles of businessman and politician.

He has blasted the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, saying in a video that he is “completely opposed to the Obamacare mandate on individuals,” and that he “fought it for two and half years at the Center for Health Transformation.But the group, which Gingrich founded, actually supported imposing a mandate on those who made more than $50,000 per year.

[ …. ]

Gingrich also broke from the right when he praised his client Gundersen Lutheran Health System‘s end-of-life best practice as one that “empowers patients and families.” At the height of the health care debate in which end-of-life care became a key dividing issue between Republicans and Democrats, Gingrich stood out alone in the Republican field.

Gingrich’s campaign has said the firm brings in revenue of $5 million a year, a figure Meyers would not confirm.

[ …. ]

The connections with Washington insiders and multi-million dollar corporations makes it hard for Gingrich to cast himself as an outsider and clouds his “new Newt” campaign, experts say.

Even if there’s no ethical or legal impropriety, the optics are bad,” said John Pitney Jr., politics professor at Claremont McKenna College who worked for Gingrich. But “for Newt, it’s not at all surprising. He had to deal with ethics questions throughout his tenure as speaker. … The idea that questions are emerging about ethics is very unsurprising.

Read more here.

In this report Newt’s people claim he only advocates MANDATESat the state level” but that doesn’t pass the laugh test, or any test. Does sound a hell of a lot like Mitt Romney though. After all, RomneyCare is at the state level [and a complete and total disaster] But Mitt still claims it’s OK for states to do this. Now states CAN do this, but just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD!

What this, along with Newt’s other highly questionable adventures in consulting,” proves is Gingrich is just another member of the corrupt permanent political class. The sort we are working so hard to run out of politics forever.

Has Newt done anything illegal? Of course not. But neither have the members of Congress who are engaging in insider trading!

Make no mistake about it, what Newt is doing is the same level of corruption. It’s highly unethical.

Instead of advocating what is best for the nation, he’s sold his soul over and over, and shilled for things that are best for those who pay him. Congress is full of nimrods who do this on a daily basis. We don’t need to put the King Daddy of it all in the White House!

People need to wake up and smell the coffee. Newt Gingrich is not one of us. Never has been.

He’s an unethical, career politician who has a long track record of being able to be bought by any company. Though he can speak the language of the Conservative, he is a Big Government Statist with few actual convictions, other than filling his wallet.

The biggest mistake American could ever make is electing this corrupt jackass president!

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9 responses to “Crony Capitalism: Newt’s Think Tank Took $37 Million From Health Care Industry

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  2. Looks like there is nobody but that fraud in the oval office is left. You guys are now telling us indirectly that there is only one messiah , the chosen one, the prophet and God and that is Obama! Pathetic!

    • Gary P

      No, I’m telling you Newt Gingrich is corrupt and a Big Government liberal. This shouldn’t be news to a single Conservative, but evidently, without Sarah Palin in the race, many have lost their mind.

      Obama must be defeated, but why replace him with someone just as corrupt, and someone who actually agrees with much of Obama’s agenda, and has been teaming up with the left on our most important issues for decades.

      It seems you are the one who believes in an earthly messiah, and think only he can win in 2012.

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