Newt shoots Brian Yates a thumbs-up

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House and the rare conservative who likes to promote new ideas, was in St. Louis today to commend state Rep. Brian Yates (R-Lee’s Summit) and two other Missouri lawmakers for a bill that targets Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

One of Gingrich’s gigs these days is the Center for Health Transformation, a for-profit association of health care providers. The association believes that fraud and waste account for $100 billion in health care spending.

Gingrich is excited by a provision in the Missouri law that puts on the Internet what health care providers charge Medicaid patients. Gingrich called the law “pioneering” in a conference call with reporters.

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