Medicare Chief Spent Millions On Personal Brand PR

Medicare Chief Spent Millions On Personal Brand PR

Politico reports:

When Seema Verma, the Trump administration’s top Medicaid official, went to a reporter’s home in November 2018 for a “Girl’s Night” thrown in her honor, taxpayers footed the bill to organize the event: $2,933. When Verma wrote an op-ed on Fox News’ website that fall, touting President Donald Trump’s changes to Obamacare, taxpayers got charged for one consultant’s price to place it: $977.

And when consultants spent months promoting Verma to win awards like Washingtonian magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Washington” and appear on high-profile panels, taxpayers got billed for that too: more than $13,000. Verma declined to comment through the health department’s top spokesperson, Michael Caputo, who described the report as “another reckless drive-by election year hit job.”


Verma, like virtually all Trump cronies, has been accused of violating the Hatch Act for speeches against Medicare For All. From Wikipedia:

One of her first actions was to send a letter to the nation’s governors, urging them to impose insurance premiums for Medicaid, charge Medicaid recipients for emergency room visits, and encourage recipients to obtain employment or job training.

There is a lot more at the link above.   I want to stress she was spending all of this money on herself while demanding the states impose costs and copay’s on the poorest people.   They abuse and discount the lower class, the workers and the poor.  It makes me sick while the rest of us struggle these people throw our money around with no regard for those in need.    Hugs

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