Monday, November 19, 2007

Foul Mouthed Fran Tenders Resignation

White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend is hanging up her boots as a member of the Bush spin machine. The author of the Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned report omitted any mention of the hospital with the largest number of patient deaths post landfall. LifeCare happened to be owned by The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm which happens to also have a Pennsylvania Avenue address.

The timing of Fran's resignation is most interesting as Congress held hearings last week on Carlyle's purchase of huge nursing home provider, ManorCare. If the politically connected private equity underwriter (PEU) can fail patients in one of twenty one long term acute care hospitals, what can they do with 550 mostly nursing homes? Did any members of Congress threaten to call Carlyle's Karen Bechtel or Fran to explore their combined failures?

This history has a direct bearing on Carlyle's purchase of the huge health care provider and needs to be explored. Yet so far, the world is quiet. Did profane Fran resign to keep it that way? In his acknowledgment of her service President Bush spoke of Fran's intellect. How could she put out such a sorry investigative report, one that omitted both LifeCare's twenty four patient deaths and the trade group that coordinated hospital evacuations while Mike Brown adjusted his tie for press conferences? If Mrs. Townsend is that smart, then she did so intentionally, which opens another can of worms. Who was she covering for and why?

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