- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Speaker is now a speaker. Former House Speaker John Boehner has joined the public speaking circuit. Some two months after he resigned from his post on Capitol Hill, Mr. Boehner has emerged as the keynote speaker for a business summit staged by Managed Health Care Associates, and it’s done up with style, scheduled for early March at the very swank Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The host organization expects 1,300 “alternate site health care providers, operators, owners, decision makers and thought leaders” as their guests. The summit will focus on “federal and state legislation, the ongoing changes in health care delivery models, biosimilars and the global generic outlook,” the organizers say. James Carville and Mary Matalin will also be featured on the program.

Mr. Boehner served as House speaker from 2011-2015 until he resigned on Oct. 31. The former Ohio Republican lawmaker is, however, exclusively registered with the Manhattan-based Harry Walker Agency, a high-profile speakers bureau which also represents Dick Cheney, former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton plus Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, among many luminaries.

While the agency does not reveal Mr. Boehner’s speaking fee, they do note in his biography, “A former small businessman, John Boehner served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years during which he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. “

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