Monday, April 14, 2014
When Democrats and Republicans agree on Sylvia Mathews Burwell watch out!
Obama picks former Gates and Walmart Foundation official as new face of health care and considering the fact that she was approved 96-0 for her current job as director of the Office of Management and Budget it seems to be fairly safe bet that she will be confirmed easily for this job as well and most of the traditional press seems to think this is a good choice.
Unfortunately although she seems to have an enormous amount of political clout it clearly seems that it is because of her overwhelming support for the corporate sector including the Gates Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and numerous other organizations, some of which are presented as charitable although they almost certainly do more to look out for their corporate backers than the recipients of their charity. One of the things she will be overseeing is of course the Affordable Care Act; yet she spent nine years as a Director of MetLife and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company which has a clear interest in health care policy. Her links to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation which is trying to cut numerous government programs to the poor should raise major doubts about how sincere she is about trying to reduce health care costs to the poor or anyone else for that matter.
When she was nominated for the director of the Office of Management and Budget the Nation Magazine reported the following about her activities at Walmart.
This has been reposted recently by The Blaze, The Problem the Left Might Have With Obama’s Pick to Replace Kathleen Sebelius, and Forbes Magazine listed some of her corporate connections as of 2013 in the following excerpts
We're supposed to believe that someone with all these corporate connections is supporting programs for the poor? If the Republicans nominated someone with a track record like this the Democrats would almost certainly be outraged. Will many people notice now that Obama is the one nominating her?
I'm stunned to find out that I even seem to be partially agreeing with Sarah Palin; I don't remember that ever happening before.
There was a certain amount of debate during her confirmation last year but it all seems to have been for show considering the lopsided vote and some of the reporting about this new nomination implies that there might be more of the same, some objection but also some praise from sources that rarely ever praise Obama including Mitch McConnell. This amount of overwhelming support from politicians only seems to come when it involves supporting the agenda of campaign contributors that donate an enormous amount of money to both parties at the expense of the majority of the public. If anyone is interested the following are a few more articles on her nomination.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell and the coming confirmation fight
Sylvia Mathews Burwell pick complicates Democrats' plans
Who is Sylvia Mathews Burwell? The likely new face of Obamacare.