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Newt Gingrich addresses MO Senate over health care

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Newt Gingrich (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is encouraging Missouri state Senators to overhaul the state's health system.

Speaking from the Senate chamber dais, a somewhat rare occurrence in itself, Gingrich said the Missouri Senate must take a long-term approach that focuses on healthy habits and preventative care instead of crisis treatment.

Gingrich was speaking in his role with the Center for Health Transformation, a group he founded that advocates more individual responsibility, technology and the availability of health care coverage to all.

Republican lawmakers and Governor Matt Blunt are exploring a similar revamping for Missouri's Medicaid program for the poor and the state's health care system in general.

Gingrich was invited speak Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons (R-Kirkwood).

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