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Congressional Letter to AARP

Congressional Letter to AARP

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House Committee Pressures Health Care Advocacy Groups on White House Meetings
House Committee Pressures Health Care Advocacy Groups on White House Meetings

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FREDUPTON,MICHIGANCHAIRMANHENRYA.WAXMAN,CALIFORNIARANKINGMEMBER
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April18,2011Mr.A.BarryRandChiefExecutiveOfficerAARP601EStreet,N.W.Washington,D.C.20049DearMr.Rand:WearewritingtorequestyourassistanceandcooperationonamatterofgreatimportancetoourCommittee.OnMarch23,2010,PresidentObamasignedthePatientProtectionandAffordableCareAct(PPACA)intolaw.ThenegotiationsleadinguptothepassageofthePPACAlastedformorethanayearandinvolvednumerousmeetingsbetweenrepresentativesoftheAdministrationandvariousinterestgroups,includingtheAARP.
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GiventhesecrecywithwhichtheAdministrationconducteditshealthcarereformnegotiations,thereisasubstantialpublicinterestinlearningmoreaboutthem.OnFebruary18,2011,wewrotetoMs.Nancy-AnnDeParle,theformerheadoftheWhiteHouseOfficeofHealthReform(WHOHR),requestinginformationrelatedtothosenegotiations.Inresponse,onMarch4,2011,Mr.RobertBauer,CounseltothePresident,sentusacollectionofpressreleasesandvisitorlogs"inanefforttoaddress[our]request."Thisinformationwasnotresponsivetoourrequest.AlthoughwewillmostcertainlypursuemoreinformationfromtheWhiteHouse,wearewritingtoyoubecauseamongthematerialsprovidedbyMr.BauerarevisitorlogentriesindicatingmeetingsbetweenAARPrepresentativesandstaffoftheWhiteHouseregardinghealthcarereform.AARP'sinvolvementinthenegotiationsregardingthehealthcarereform
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JayNewton-Small,
ObamaMovesHealthCaretotheFrontBurner,
TIME,
February26,2009;CeciConnollyandMichael
D.
Shear,
DiscordonHealthCareDullsLustera/NewPacts,
WASHINGTONPOST,
July9,2009.
 
LettertoMr.
A.
BarryRandPage2legislationiswell
known.'
AttachedisapartiallistofmeetingsAARPheldwithWhiteHousestaff.
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BecauseAARPworkeddirectlywithWHOHR,werequestthatyouprovideinformationregardingAARP'smeetingsanddiscussionswiththeWHOHRandanyotherAdministrationofficialsrelatingtohealthcarereform.TherelevanttimeperiodforallofthefollowingrequestsisMarch2,2009,tothepresent.Pleaseprovidethefollowingdocumentsandinformationwithintwoweeksofthedateofthisletter:1.AlistofeachemployeeorrepresentativeofAARPwhodiscussedreforrnsorchangestothehealthcaresystemwithanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,ortheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices(HHS).Providealistofyourofficersanddirectorsfor2009and2010.PleaseincludealistoftheindividualsfromtheAdministrationwithwhomAARPrepresentativesdiscussedsuchreformsorchanges.2.Alistofeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecall(includingconferencecallsorvideoconferences)regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofAARPandanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.Pleaseprovidethefollowinginformationaboutanysuchmeetings,briefings,ortelephonecalls:thedate,theduration,thenamesoftheindividualspresentandtheirorganization,office,oremployer,andthesubjectmattersdiscussed.3.Allnotes,minutes,transcripts,documents,summariesoranyotherwrittenorrecordedmaterialspreparedfor,generatedorutilizedduring,orresultingfromeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecalldescribedinresponsetorequestnumber2.4.All-writtencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystembetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofAARPandanyemployee,detailee,oranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.5.Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenoramongtheemployeesorrepresentativesofAARP,orbetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofAARPandanyemployeeorrepresentativeofAARP'smembers.6.Allestimatesoranalysesoftheimpactofhealthcarereformlegislationonyourorganizationoritsmembers.
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JenniferHaberkorn,
AARPWieldsPowerinHealthCareDebate,
WASHINGTONTIMES,Aug.13,2009.
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isimpossibletocompileacompletelistofAARP'smeetingswithWHOHRorotherexecutivebranchpersonnelbasedontheWhiteHousevisitorlogsinourpossession.
 
LettertoMr.A.BarryRandPage3Youshouldimmediatelytakestepstopreserveallrelevantdocuments.
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attachmenttothisletterprovidesadditionalinformationonhowtorespondtotheCommittee'srequest.PleasecontactToddHarrison,ChiefCounselforOversightandInvestigations,at(202)225-2927ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthenatureoftheinformationrequestedorthemannerofproduction.Sincerely,SubcommitteeonOversightandInvestigationsChairmanSubcommitteeonHealthichaelC.BurgessiceChairmanSubcommitteeonHealthAttachmentscc:TheHonorableHenryA.Waxman,RankingMemberTheHonorableDianaDeGette,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonOversightandInvestigationsTheHonorableFrankPallone,Jr.,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonHealth

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