Igor Volsky has the scoop:
Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has worked for years to spread the word that the same systematic approach to quality control that has worked so well in manufacturing could create a dramatically safer, less expensive and more effective system of health and health care.
— Newt Gingrich, August 2000.
Among the elites, there will be great applause for Don Berwick. Among the rest of the country, there will be a very chilly attitude that says is this guy really going to try to impose a British national healthcare system in America? And so, there’s a real split emerging in the country. But among the people in the White House, my hunch is almost all of them uniformly agree with what he’s doing and uniformly believe that somehow they’ll find a way to sell it.
— Newt Gingrich, O’Reilly Factor July 2010 .
You can read more here. Suffice it to say that Gingrich was right the first time.
Newt Gingrich apparently plans to deal with the problem by refusing to answer any further questions about past statements.