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A post-election story last month from Bloomberg identified health insurer UnitedHealth Group as a likely winner under the Obama administration. The company would “get more customers, including some they now turn down, under Obama’s health-care plan,” the story said.
Meanwhile, Anthony Welters, an executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, gave $5,000 to the Obama-Biden Transition Project. So did his wife and two of his kids, who appear to be students. (The same quartet gave $18,400 to Obama’s presidential campaign.) Thelma Duggin of UnitedHealth tossed in another $5,000 to the transition.
Obama’s transition project refuses donations from corporations, labor unions, PACs and lobbyists. But it’s still probably worth keeping an eye on those individual donors.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”