Axis Kast wrote:
If she's a former executives, what's the big fuss? A conflict of interest arising from pass affiliation?
If anyone thought that that it was a past affiliation it wouldn't be so big a deal, but Ms Fowler left Wellpoint for the sole purpose of writing this bill. Politico:
The Backroom Operator: Liz Fowler
If you drew an organizational chart of major players in the Senate health care negotiations, Fowler would be the chief operating officer.
As a senior aide to Baucus, she directs the Finance Committee health care staff, enforces deadlines on drafting bill language and coordinates with the White House and other lawmakers. She also troubleshoots, identifying policy and political problems before they ripen.
She first worked for Baucus from 2001 through 2005, playing a key role in negotiating the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Feeling burned out, she left for the private sector but rejoined Baucus in 2008, sensing that a Democratic-controlled Congress would make progress on overhauling the health care system.
Baucus and Fowler spent a year putting the senator in a position to pursue reform, including holding hearings last summer and issuing a white paper in November. They deliberately avoided releasing legislation in order to send a signal of openness and avoid early attacks.
“People know when Liz is speaking, she is speaking for Baucus,” said Dean Rosen, the health policy adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
Coming at it from the other side, couldn't one say that this would be an individual with strong credentials for the post? (I haven't.) Have you read the Baucus bill? Is it a clear, and injurious, sop to corporate interests? Shouldn't that be the litmus test, if any?
That's a completely accurate desciption
of the bill.
Most likely all the copies of Microsoft Word in Ms Fowler's office are programmed to show her as the author on any documents written in that office.
Why would that be the case? Is that standard procedure? It would seem to me to be obviously unwise both functionally (because configuration control and identity of ownership become impossible) as well as politically (one can't get any distance from whatever products are disseminated). The legislation will bear the Senator's name anyway.
Yes, it's standard for all aides, assistants and secretaries to have their copies of Word programed to show their bosses as the author in any corporate office. It's just like company letterhead.
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