Obamacare has turned out to be little more than corporate welfare for the insurance and pharmaceutical industry. Thus it’s no surprise that the former director of HealthCare.Gov is being rewarded with a high paying job lobbying for the health insurance industry. In reality, that’s what she’s been doing all along (lobbying for the health insurance industry), isn’t it?
By George Gallanis
17 July 2015
Marilyn Tavenner, former director of HealthCare.Gov and administrator of theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was unanimously selected as the new CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a leading health insurance lobbying organization. Like her predecessors, Tavenner continues the trend of former White House officials joining the ranks of highly profitable corporate businesses.
The move comes after previous AHIP President Karen Ignagni announced her decision to step down. Prior to heading the organization, Ignagni was the director of the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits.
The AHIP lobbies on behalf of some of the largest health insurance companies in America, including Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Aetna posted revenues of approximately $58 billion in 2014. Altogether, the companies represented through AHIP insure over 200 million Americans, or nearly two thirds of the population.
During her time with the Obama administration, Tavenner…
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