Obama slams lobbyists, then hires a lobbyist to help promote Obamacare

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Priscilla Chatman has almost 35 years of experience working on the rollout of private insurance plans that offer government-approved insurance benefits, on Medicaid and in reaching consumers with low health literacy,” the firm’s statement read.

The firm went on to describe Ms. Chatman’s work experience, from Medicaid caseworker to general counsel at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

“She worked on the rollout of Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit. Both of these efforts are most analogous to the rollout of the ACA,” the firm said.

According to the firm’s lobbying disclosure forms, Ms. Chatman works for the Livingston Group — another lobbying firm — on behalf of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. CMS was the only federal agency that firm lobbied during the most recent quarter, along with the Senate and House.

During the summer, the firm filed a separate disclosure form showing it had lobbied, among other issues, on the Affordable Care Act.

CMS has said the grants were awarded competitively, but several recipients have faced scrutiny in recent weeks.

The New York Post reported that Seedco, a community development group that won contract work to enroll people for Obamacare, had been sued by the federal government on claims of fraud. Seedco told the paper that it had made important changes, including installing new management.

Republican lawmakers also have raised questions about whether organizations and navigator personnel have been vetted properly.

“It is simply astounding that the administration is urging the American people to give their Social Security numbers and sensitive personal information to people who have not been properly vetted,” Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said in a statement Wednesday.

Last week, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called on Republican House members to correct “inaccurate statements” about the navigator program.

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