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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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