- The Washington Times - Monday, May 12, 2014

One of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s top aides is leaving Capitol Hill to serve as a top spokesman for the health insurance industry.

Brendan Buck, who served the Republican speaker for more than three years and helped vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in 2012, will work for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Brendan’s experience and skill set will allow him to hit the ground running on day one,” AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni said. “He’s an effective communicator who knows how to tackle complex policy issues and skillfully navigate an ever-changing health care and media environment.”

Mr. Buck will take over as AHIP’s vice president of communications as the health insurance industry adjusts to a shifting landscape under Obamacare.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the AHIP team, and couldn’t be more excited for the challenge,” Mr. Buck said in AHIP’s announcement. “This is an industry going through an unprecedented transition, and health plans need as strong a voice as ever as they seek to provide Americans affordable, quality private coverage.”

AHIP’s previous head spokesman, Robert Zirkelbach, left on April 23 to serve as PhRMA’s senior vice president of communications.

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