Gingrich Praised Obama For Increasing Medicaid Funding, Health IT Investment In 2009

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"Gingrich Praised Obama For Increasing Medicaid Funding, Health IT Investment In 2009"

In February 2009, Newt Gingrich praised President Obama’s American Recovery Act for including investments in health information technology and increasing the federal government’s match for the Medicaid program (via Andrew Kaczynski):

GINGRICH: There are two good things from the standpoint of health. The first is, a very serious investment in health information technology, which takes us a significant step down the road toward really having electronic health records for every American and I applaud President Obama for developing and insisting on that approach. And second, a substantial amount of money for Medicaid, which will in fact help the states this year, at least in the short term period, to be able to pay their bills and to help hospitals and doctors who otherwise would face very severe cuts.

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Gingrich now rarely mentions these provisions as he campaigns for the presidency in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and instead condemns both the stimulus package and the Affordable Care Act in the broadest possible strokes, trying to obscure the fact that he has advocated for some of the very same provisions that President Obama has signed into law.

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