Friday, August 14, 2009

DeParle Slips, Calls Pharma "Our Industry"

In an interview with WaPo's Ezra Klein, White House Health Czar Nancy-Ann DeParle showed her private sector health care roots. Nancy spent the last eight years as a private equity underwriter for CCMP Capital Partners and served on the boards of nine health related companies. Here's how it went:

Ezra: There's been a lot of talk lately about this deal with the pharmaceutical industry. Want to set the record straight on that?

Nancy-Ann: We had proposed as part of our budget around
$95 billion from our industry. They came forward and after some negotiations, said $80 billion is a number we can support.

She referred to the deal with big Pharma as “our industry” and "we can support." Slip of the tongue or the result of a decade as a for-profiteer? Likely the latter, with her boss' support.

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