Monday, July 15, 2013

Friends with Benefits

It appears that those who are benefitting most from the financial side of the Patient Protection Act have been engaged with the Administration in some capacity over the years. Here's a short list of who has been "rewarded".

Sara Horowitz - Her organization, The Freelancers Union, was chosen to receive a $340 million loan to start a new insurance CO-OP in New York. She led one of George Soros' organizations who also was linked to President Obama back when he was in the Illinois legislature.

Anne Filipiac - She served in the White House as Deputy Director of Public Engagement and had a prominent leadership role in the 2008 Obama for America campaign. She also worked at HHS. Now she is President for Enroll America. We all know how much the administration and HHS admire her organization, right Kathleen?

Planned Parenthood will be serving as navigators. They will be receiving grants to help educate and enroll consumers into the very services they provide. Seems like a pretty sweet deal.

Trevor Neilson - Former member of the Clinton Administration who is now president of Global Philanthropy Group has been targeted by the White House to get celebrity endorsements from the likes of his client list that includes: Eva Longoria, John Legend, and Madonna to name a few. Mr. Neilson served as one of President Obama's surrogates during the 2012 campaign.

The advertising firm Porter Novelli was founded by William D. Novelli, who was the CEO of  AARP from 2001-2009. Catherine “Kiki” McLean is a senior partner and managing director of Porter Novelli.  She is a Democratic Party operative who worked for the campaigns of Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, as well as the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama.  McLean was hired by Porter Novelli in June of 2009. Since 2010, Porter Novelli has been awarded $49 million in HHS contracts.

Must be nice knowing your time and donations can come back tenfold.

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