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Books, Journals, New Media
January 14, 2004

Health Care Policy

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(2):251. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.251-a

Anyone who doubts that Newt Gingrich is a proponent of Big Government should read this book. As the foreword by AARP (formerly, American Association of Retired Persons) executive director William Novelli announces, Gingrich is a "big-idea person."

There are some penetrating insights in the book concerning the nature of the problem: "The consumers (the patients) are not the buyers" and "the third-party system stems from corporate and governmental attempts to centralize power and decision making into their bureaucracies." Patients are in a dependency relationship with the system, rather than being its driver. They need and deserve more choices.

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