March 1996 AAOS Report

Gingrich, Bennett at Annual Meeting

Advances on medical procedures and technologies will give the United States the opportunity to become a major force in the world economy in the 21st century, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told the Annual Meeting in Atlanta. "The rise of molecular medicine, the rise of telemedicine, and the rise of expert systems will give us a chance to be the highest value contributor on the planet so that in the 21st century, the world will buy services from physicians exactly the way as in the mid-20th century, they bought American manufactured commodities," Rep. Gingrich said. He told the fellows that the Congress would reform the Food and Drug Administration, approve malpractice reform which currently places physicians and patients in adversarial roles, repeal Stark legislation, and approve Medical Savings Accounts. He flayed trial lawyers for encouraging litigation. William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, in his speech to attendees urged a return to virtue and family values, aiming broadside against the mass media's message to children.

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