Posted by Gary Schwitzer in Conflicts of interest
A little end-of-the-year clean up of desk clutter never hurts. Well, yes it does when you see the accumulation of health care confilct of interest stories that have piled up recently. I had started this cleanup at the end of 2012 but am just now getting around to publishing it.
AARP lobbies against Medicare changes that could hurt its bottom line
(Excerpt: “There is a potential conflict of interest,” said Marilyn Moon, a former senior AARP official who runs the health-care program at the nonprofit American Institutes for Research. “Any way you look at changes in Medigap that people are talking about, I think it’s good for beneficiaries, and anybody who is opposing that who claims they are looking out for beneficiaries, you have to wonder why.”)
(Excerpt: “This is precisely the behavior which, quite rationally, makes the citizenry so jaded about Washington. It’s what ensures that the interests of the same permanent power factions are served regardless of election outcomes. It’s what makes a complete mockery out of claims of democracy. And it’s what demonstrates that corporatism and oligarchy are the dominant forms of government in the US.”)
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