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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
Amount that President Obama has added to America’s “brand value” according to the Nation Brands Index:
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.
A Utah woman named Cameo Crispi pleaded guilty to having drunkenly attempted to burn down her ex-boyfriend’s house by igniting bacon on his kitchen stove.
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