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Commerce/health industry liaison?

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), House Energy & Commerce Chair Joe Barton (R-Texas) and other members are discussing possible legislation to create an undersecretary of health within the Commerce Department, Gingrich reports during an April 23 interview with "The Gray Sheet." Healthcare "is, after all, the largest single sector of the economy, so why shouldn't it have representation in foreign trade negotiations, in trying to work up sales overseas, in working out telemedicine, and making sure American products get good prices, and making sure that our intellectual property rights are being protected?" Gingrich, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Health Transformation, floated the proposal at AdvaMed's annual meeting (1"The Gray Sheet" March 15, 2004, p. 14)...
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