posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 10:04 PM
Guess where the Money Trail leads for ObamaCare?
Always follow the money trail. And this is going to be an eye opener for many here on ATS.
WASHINGTON -- The White House defended its ethics record on Wednesday after reports surfaced that one of its top health care policy officials
was leaving the administration to take a job at a pharmaceutical giant.
Liz Fowler left her post as deputy director of the Office of Consumer Information and Oversight at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
for a senior position in Johnson & Johnson's government affairs and policy group. According to Politico, which first reported the departure, Fowler
would be leading the company's "global health policy," which has raised a few flags.
Meet Liz Fowler. Liz Fowler's Profile
But like true ATS'er we always follow the money trail back as far as we can.
Following the passage of ObamaCare, several of the smartest people I know claimed that the bill was actually written by and for the drug and
insurance companies rather than “the people” as Obama had claimed. My friend and orthopedic surgeon Dave Janda wrote an excellent piece that I
published titled: Thoughts on Obamacare from a Surgeon and Friend .
In recent days it has emerged that Liz Fowler, who is said to have been one of the key architects of ObamaCare, is doing what any good revolving door
crony capitalist would do. She is moving to the private sector to receive her payoff. Trudy Lieberman of the Columbia Journal Review explains
Now here is where it gets interesting, yep it looks like she wrote it folks, but why did she leave?
Well I think this just about answer it.
What was most amazing about all of that was that, before joining Baucus' office as the point person for the health care bill, Fowler was the
Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs (i.e. informal lobbying) at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurance provider (before
going to WellPoint, as well as after, Fowler had worked as Baucus' top health care aide). And when that health care bill was drafted, the person whom
Fowler replaced as chief health counsel in Baucus' office, Michelle Easton, was lobbying for WellPoint as a principal at Tarplin, Downs, and Young.
Why in the heck would anyone in their right mind put an former health care industry giant, in charge of writing ObamaCare?
That is like putting a bank robber in a vault, saying he can live there, and leaving the doors open for all of his buddies to come in an take
everything they want, whenever.
Whatever one's views on Obamacare were and are: the bill's mandate that everyone purchase the products of the private health insurance
industry, unaccompanied by any public alternative, was a huge gift to that industry; as Wheeler wrote at the time: "to the extent that Liz Fowler is
the author of this document, we might as well consider WellPoint its author as well." Watch the five-minute Bill Moyers report from 2009, embedded
below, on the key role played in all of this by Liz Fowler and the "revolving door" between the health insurance/lobbying industry and government
officials at the time this bill was written and passed.
I'm sure some people here on ATS will somehow be able to justify this absolute unethical, hypocritical, and criminal healthcare reform.
All I can say is "What a fool believes."
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