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Congressional Letter to the Service Employees International Union

Congressional Letter to the Service Employees International Union

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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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April18,2011Ms.MaryKayHenryPresidentServiceEmployeesInternationalUnion1800MassachusettsAvenue,N.W.Washington,D.C.20036DearMs.Henry:WearewritingtorequestyourassistanceandcooperationonamatterofgreatimportancetoourCommittee.OnMarch23,2010,PresidentObamasignedthePatientProtectionandAffordableCareAct(PPACA)intolaw.ThenegotiationsleadinguptothepassageofthePPACAlastedformorethanayearandinvolvednumerousmeetingsbetweenrepresentativesoftheAdministrationandvariousinterestgroups,includingtheServiceEmployeesInternationalUnion(SEIU).
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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.BauerwasasubmissionbytheSEIUtotheWhiteHouseregardinghealthcarereform.TheSEIU'sinvolvementinthe
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LettertoMs.MaryKayHenryPage2negotiationsregardingthehealthcarereformlegislationiswellknown?AttachedisapartiallistofmeetingstheSEIUheldwithWhiteHousestaff.'BecauseSEIUworkeddirectlywiththeWHOHR,werequestthatyouprovideinformationregardingtheSEIU'smeetingsanddiscussionswiththeWHOHRandanyotherAdministrationofficialsrelatingtohealthcarereform.TherelevanttimeperiodforthefollowingrequestsisMarch2,2009,tothepresent.Pleaseprovidethefollowingdocumentsandinformationwithintwoweeksofthedateofthisletter:1.AlistofeachemployeeorrepresentativeoftheSEIUwhodiscussedreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystemwithanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,ortheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices(HHS).Providealistofyourofficersanddirectorsfor2009and2010.PleaseincludealistoftheindividualsfromtheAdministrationwithwhomSEIUrepresentativesdiscussedsuchreformsorchanges.2.Alistofeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecall(includingconferencecallsorvideoconferences)regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeoftheSEIUandanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.Pleaseprovidethefollowinginformationaboutanysuchmeetings,briefings,ortelephonecalls:thedate,theduration,thenamesoftheindividualspresentandtheirorganization,office,oremployer,andthesubjectmattersdiscussed.3.Allnotes,minutes,transcripts,documents,summariesoranyotherwrittenorrecordedmaterialspreparedfor,generatedorutilizedduring,orresultingfromeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecalldescribedinresponsetorequestnumber2.4.Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystembetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeoftheSEIUandanyemployee,detailee,oranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.5.Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenoramongtheemployeesorrepresentativesoftheSEIU,orbetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeoftheSEIUandanyemployeeorrepresentativeoftheSEIU'smembers.
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LettertoMs.MaryKayHenryPage36.Allestimatesoranalysesoftheimpactofhealthcarereformlegislationonyourorganizationoritsmembers.Youshouldimmediatelytakestepstopreserveallrelevantdocuments.AnattachmenttothisletterprovidesadditionalinformationonhowtorespondtotheCommittee'srequest.PleasecontactToddHarrison,ChiefCounselforOversightandInvestigations,at(202)225-2927ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthenatureoftheinformationrequestedorthemannerofproduction.Sincerely,anSubcommitteeonOversightandInvestigations
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ChairmanSubcommitteeonHealthchaelC.BurgessiceChairmanSubcommitteeonHealthAttachmentscc:TheHonorableHenryA.Waxman,RankingMemberTheHonorableDianaDeGette,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonOversightandInvestigationsTheHonorableFrankPallone,Jr.,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonHealth

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