The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar has landed a top job at the company that was awarded a no-bid contract to fix the beleaguered website — the latest Patrick administration official to find work at an organization that benefitted under the state’s taxpayer-funded leadership.
“There’s not a conflict here, and I’m really excited and looking forward to this new job,” Sarah Iselin told the Herald yesterday. “I will not be working on Massachusetts-related work.”
Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield from February to May to try to rescue the Massachusetts Health Connector’s disastrous Obamacare portal, providing daily briefings to Gov. Deval Patrick, will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the state’s health insurance portal on Nov. 15.
Iselin recommended the state award what amounted to no-bid contracts to both Optum and hCentive — an IT company in which Optum owns a 24 percent stake — during a presentation to the Health Connector board on May 8.
Iselin said talks for her new Optum job began well after she left state office.
Maybe so, Sally, but you gave them the no-bid contract well before you left office. At least they bought you dinner after you put out. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
As the article suggests, she isn’t the first hackette Patrick has pimped out:
The Herald reported on Oct. 16 that outgoing Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett had been angling for the top job at a Cape Cod Healthcare drug initiative this summer, even as she championed a landmark substance abuse treatment bill that addiction centers had spent thousands lobbying for, according to conflict of interest disclosures and state records.
The bill was signed into law on Aug. 6. Bartlett announced her new post on Oct. 14.
As long as somebody is doing well with ObamaCare.