President Obama’s nominee to run the Medicare and Medicaid receives $160,000 in annual retirement pay as a former executive at the Hospital Corporation of America

by Colonel on January 26, 2012

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“President Obama’s nominee to run the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid agency can count on receiving more than $160,000 a year in retirement pay for the rest of her life from the country’s largest private hospital chain, records show.

Marilyn Tavenner, a former executive at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), was nominated in November to be administrator for the Centers forMedicare and Medicaid Services, the agency at the heart of Mr. Obama’s health care initiative. She disclosed the arrangement with her old employer in a newly filed government ethics form.

HCA routinely lobbies on Medicare issues on which Ms. Tavenner has a big influence, but officials say there are no plans afoot to issue a waiver exempting Ms. Tavenner from Mr. Obama’s “revolving door” ethics rules.” — Jim McElhatton, Copyright 2012 The Washington Times LLC

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