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Newt Gingrich hailed Mass. health law in ’06 paper

Now cites contrast with Mitt Romney's view

Newt Gingrich flashed his upbeat side during a campaign stop yesterday at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Iowa. Newt Gingrich flashed his upbeat side during a campaign stop yesterday at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Iowa. (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS)
By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / December 28, 2011
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In debates and on the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich has been sharply critical of the universal health care law signed by Governor Mitt Romney, calling it an example of big, bureaucratic government thinking. But five years ago, Gingrich was quite a bit kinder to the idea, even praising it as a potentially path-breaking way to extend coverage to the uninsured. “The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major changes in the American health system,’’ reads a newsletter published by Gingrich’s consulting firm, the Center for Health Transformation.

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