Friday, August 28, 2009

Scully Gives Commercial for SHPS on C-SPAN

Tom Scully shared the stage on Washington Journal. At the end he declared he split his time between working for a New York investment firm and a D. C. based law firm, where the attorney works on "health policy." Here's what he didn't say:

1. Tom is a health care lobbyist for Alston & Bird. He lobbies for Aetna and the organized physician groups he plugged on C-SPAN, gastroenterologists, kidney doctors, and oncology physicians.

2. Scully is a private equity underwriter (PEU) with WCAS. As general partner he sits on a number of health care boards, including Solantic and Universal American. Solantic has CEO Rick Scott. The disgraced ex-Columbia/HCA CEO has a clear stake in health reform with his Center for Patients' Rights campaign.

3. Tom spoke eloquently of the benefits of Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage. WCAS owns Universal American, a Medicare Advantage insurer. In late 2008 Tom Scully had a 135,880 share interest in Universal American

4. Scully referred an Atlanta caller to SHPS for help figuring out her insurance options. C-SPAN allowed him a free commercial. Would he have plugged Viant, if WCAS hadn't sold it to The Carlyle Group?

Tom's a money changer, plain and simple. He should write C-SPAN a thank you note for his ample commercial time.