Who Else From Health Care Will Be Thrown Under the Obama Bus?

These people will eat their own, all in the name of politics. Obama and crew are just the latest practitioners of this sacred political tradition. When will people realize that Change(TM) is nothing more than a marketing slogan?

From PuppetGov.com:

By Mary Laney~Chicago Daily Observer

The hit list is getting longer. Former Obama fundraiser Tony Rezco convicted.  Reverend Jeremiah Wright disowned.  Bill Ayers disavowed as a close ally.  Illegal immigrant aunt estranged.  Former friends Governor Rod Blagojevich and  US Senator Roland Burris iced out.
It’s getting crowded under the Obama political bus.  And now another person is taking a big fall under it – this one, Michelle Obama’s former boss in Chicago.  In fact, this is the man who approved raising Michelle’s salary in Chicago – for “Community Outreach” — from $150,000 to $370,000 – a giant salary hike that was granted, curiously, just as Barack Obama was elected U.S. Senator from Illinois.
What makes this even more compelling is that this “toss under the bus” is directly tied to health care—and Michelle Obama’s dubious plan for it  – in Chicago.
Dr. James Madara, CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center is not only  taking the hit for it, he’s stepping down from the top post as Chairman, and also resigning his position as Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine.
Those are pretty heady positions to give up but the reasons for having to give them up are pretty clear.  Dr.  Madara is finding himself under the bus due to a controversial initiative, which was the work of none other than Michelle Obama and two of her friends who now have moved on to work in the White House.
It was called the University of Chicago Hospital’s “Urban Health Initiative”. First Lady Michelle Obama helped write it, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett – then the hospital board’s Chairwoman — signed off on it, President Obama’s  top political strategist, David Axlerod’s and his public relations company was paid to sell it to the community, and Obama adviser, Dr. Eric Whitaker, was hired to run it.
Sounds like this initiative and all the money put behind it must make for a pretty important health program for the inner city; but read on.
The “Initiative” was sold as a program to help ease the crowding at the University of Chicago’s emergency room and to get people quicker assistance by sending them to other hospitals and clinics on Chicago’s South side.  But critics say what it really was about was saving money for the University of Chicago Hospital by removing poor patients from the University Hospital, holding on to the wealthy patients who can pay, and sending the poor, underinsured or uninsured, elsewhere.  Put another way, it is a form of illegal patient dumping.
But, wait, aren’t the President and First Lady all about caring for the people and creating a better health plan – Obamacare – to serve all of America? Isn’t curing the health crisis and providing good health care for all a key promise of this administration?  Not if you look at the plan Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett and David Axlerod  hatched and promoted in Chicago.
Faculty members at the hospital accused the creators of the “Urban Health Initiative”– of putting profits ahead of patients, patient care and research and they blamed Dr. Madara.   Michelle Obama wasn’t blamed as she had moved on to become the nation’s First Lady.  In fact, her position – once considered so important that she was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it – wasn’t even filled after she left to go on the campaign trail with her husband.  Valerie Jarrett wasn’t blamed as she is now a Special Advisor to the President in the White House.  And David Axlerod wasn’t blamed for promoting the plan as he is now the key strategist in the White House.  Some people have a way of simply putting others under the bus and moving on.
Yet Axlerod may be facing his own dilemmas soon, vis-à-vis the health industry and his personal profits from it.    It seems Axlerod’s former firm, AKPD – which is due to pay him $2 million dollars this year in fees he’s owed – is receiving huge fees from a health coalition that includes the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, PhRMA, as well as AARP, the SEIU and other major players in the health care debate.  If Axlerod is negotiating any deal to funnel money to his former firm that still owes him money, or if he is advising the President on deals with any of these groups, that will amount to a conflict of interest.  A serious conflict of interest.
Does Axlerod still have a retained interest in the firm?  Does a son still work at the firm?  Does the family still gain from the profits of the firm and its connection with health industries?
These are questions that need to be asked and answered.
If the Obama administration truly is one of transparency they will be.
It’s getting crowded under the Obama bus.

The hit list is getting longer. Former Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko convicted.  Reverend Jeremiah Wright disowned.  Bill Ayers disavowed as a close ally.  Illegal immigrant aunt estranged.  Former friends Governor Rod Blagojevich and  US Senator Roland Burris iced out.

It’s getting crowded under the Obama political bus.  And now another person is taking a big fall under it – this one, Michelle Obama’s former boss in Chicago.  In fact, this is the man who approved raising Michelle’s salary in Chicago – for “Community Outreach” — from $150,000 to $370,000 – a giant salary hike that was granted, curiously, just as Barack Obama was elected U.S. Senator from Illinois.

What makes this even more compelling is that this “toss under the bus” is directly tied to health care—and Michelle Obama’s dubious plan for it  – in Chicago.

Dr. James Madara, CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center is not only  taking the hit for it, he’s stepping down from the top post as Chairman, and also resigning his position as Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Those are pretty heady positions to give up but the reasons for having to give them up are pretty clear.  Dr.  Madara is finding himself under the bus due to a controversial initiative, which was the work of none other than Michelle Obama and two of her friends who now have moved on to work in the White House.

It was called the University of Chicago Hospital’s “Urban Health Initiative”. First Lady Michelle Obama helped write it, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett – then the hospital board’s Chairwoman — signed off on it, President Obama’s  top political strategist, David Axlerod’s and his public relations company was paid to sell it to the community, and Obama adviser, Dr. Eric Whitaker, was hired to run it.

Sounds like this initiative and all the money put behind it must make for a pretty important health program for the inner city; but read on.

The “Initiative” was sold as a program to help ease the crowding at the University of Chicago’s emergency room and to get people quicker assistance by sending them to other hospitals and clinics on Chicago’s South side.  But critics say what it really was about was saving money for the University of Chicago Hospital by removing poor patients from the University Hospital, holding on to the wealthy patients who can pay, and sending the poor, underinsured or uninsured, elsewhere.  Put another way, it is a form of illegal patient dumping.

But, wait, aren’t the President and First Lady all about caring for the people and creating a better health plan – Obamacare – to serve all of America? Isn’t curing the health crisis and providing good health care for all a key promise of this administration?  Not if you look at the plan Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett and David Axlerod  hatched and promoted in Chicago.

Faculty members at the hospital accused the creators of the “Urban Health Initiative”– of putting profits ahead of patients, patient care and research and they blamed Dr. Madara.   Michelle Obama wasn’t blamed as she had moved on to become the nation’s First Lady.  In fact, her position – once considered so important that she was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it – wasn’t even filled after she left to go on the campaign trail with her husband.  Valerie Jarrett wasn’t blamed as she is now a Special Advisor to the President in the White House.  And David Axlerod wasn’t blamed for promoting the plan as he is now the key strategist in the White House.  Some people have a way of simply putting others under the bus and moving on.

Yet Axlerod may be facing his own dilemmas soon, vis-à-vis the health industry and his personal profits from it.    It seems Axlerod’s former firm, AKPD – which is due to pay him $2 million dollars this year in fees he’s owed – is receiving huge fees from a health coalition that includes the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, PhRMA, as well as AARP, the SEIU and other major players in the health care debate.  If Axlerod is negotiating any deal to funnel money to his former firm that still owes him money, or if he is advising the President on deals with any of these groups, that will amount to a conflict of interest.  A serious conflict of interest.

Does Axlerod still have a retained interest in the firm?  Does a son still work at the firm?  Does the family still gain from the profits of the firm and its connection with health industries?

These are questions that need to be asked and answered.

If the Obama administration truly is one of transparency they will be.

It’s getting crowded under the Obama bus.

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