Last updated on: 5/1/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Newt Gingrich, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“I think there’s a temporary boost for the Democrats by the act of passing something [Health Care Reform (HR 3590)]. People said, Well, they at least got something done. I think that’ll last about a week. Then people will learn more and more and more about the bill. And gradually, they’ll figure out how expensive it’s going to be, how much it’s going to weaken the system and how much, in fact, it’s really bad stuff. And finally, you’re going to have the Washington bureaucracy.

Remember, this bill creates 159 new agencies, commissions and bureaus. Now, the idea that the Department of Health and Human Services can implement a bill that has 159 new offices is just a fantasy. It’s just going to – as it – it’ll be like exactly what happened with the stimulus. As it drifts out and people see more and more about it, they’ll be less and less happy.”

“Americans Will Gradually Realize Truth About Health Care Reform Law,” www.newt.org, Mar. 25, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • News and political analyst, Fox News Channel
  • Chairman, Gingrich Group (communications and consulting firm)
  • Member, Terrorism Task Force, Council on Foreign Relations
  • General Chairman, American Solutions for Winning the Future
  • Advisory board member, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Advisory board member, Common Good
  • Founding member, Project Vote Smart
  • Co-chairman, National Commission for Quality Long-term Care
  • Honorary Chairman, NanoBusiness Alliance
  • Founder, Center for Health Transformation
  • Speaker, US House of Representatives, 1995-1999
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-GA), 1979-1999
  • Professor of History and Environmental Studies, West Georgia College, 1970-1978
Education:
  • PhD, Western European History, Tulane University
  • MA, Western European History, Tulane University
  • BA, History, Emory University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are the 2010 health care reform laws socialist?
  2. Would medical malpractice reform (tort reform) significantly reduce the cost of health care?