Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately.
The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday.
Slavitt, a former OptumInsight/QSSI group vice president, left the company last month to work as the principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Obamacare and HealthCare.gov. His post makes him the No. 2 at the agency under CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
The former Optum executive gave the maximum campaign contributions allowed to President Obama’s Victory Fund and Obama for America—now Organizing for Action—in 2012, federal campaign records show.
According to the ethics waiver, issued July 11 by the Department of Health and Human Services and posted publicly last week, Slavitt will be able to begin working on matters involving his former company, OptumInsight/QSSI.
Without a waiver, Slavitt would have had to wait at least one year before participating in work that involves his former employer.
I wonder if ABCCBSCNNNBCPBS would be so silent on this waiver if it was a Republican in the Oval Office and his/her Administration gave a waiver to someone who donated the max to the RNC?
Somehow, I doubt it.