This morning everyone was talking about Newt Gingrich getting “feisty” during last evening’s debate when CNN’s John King asked the former speaker of the House to respond to his ex-wife’s statement that he asked her, more than 10 years ago, about having an open marriage.
With that news out of the way, let’s talk about the GOP race for president and healthcare. There’s no question that Gingrich is a strong force in healthcare, and I think he has the best shot among the candidates at going toe-to-toe against President Obama in a healthcare debate (but don’t tell Rick Santorum
I said that) . Not only has he been entrenched in healthcare issues, but he’s also brought FDA into the picture—namely, he wants to whip the agency into shape and create a “21st Century FDA”
. However, he needs to more concretely outline what this means. Those of us in the medical industry already know that processes at FDA are flawed. How does Gingrich intend to fix it? To start, his Center for Health Transformation is tasked with finding ways to improve the regulatory process –and you can find out more about his intentions to fix FDA
in a piece he wrote, along with former FDA commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, for the Hill last year.
Other Newt Notes:
- He has made Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list every year since 2003, and last year he ranked #6.
- Yesterday he released his 2010 taxes and guess what? He pays a much higher rate (31.7%) than other a lot of other people at his income level.
- If you’re a Newt fan, you’ll be interested in the latest opinion piece by former U.S. Congressman Bill McCollum (R-FL) in today's Wall Street Journal.