Newt Gingrich hailed Mass. health law in ’06 paper
Now cites contrast with Mitt Romney's view
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.