- UFT political director (and former Cuomo aide) Cassie Prugh leaves for lobbying firm in December but UFT may retain her and her firm (rumor - @10k a month).
- Assistant UFT political director Angel Vasquez remains in place despite primarying (and losing) major UFT supporter Robert Jackson.
- Mulgrew lists himself as a lobbyist along with Vasquez. Vasquez,
as Prugh’s assistant, is tasked with lobbying on a city level. As he
describes in his LinkedIn bio. Clearly he was responsible for the failed
campaign to influence the City Council to amend 12-126. An attempt that
hurts retirees and active workers as the code provides decades old
safeguards protecting the healthcare of city workers. UFT Payments to lobbyists (Vasquez and Mulgrew?) are listed as 94K. Is this in addition to their UFT salaries?
I've been working on this story about UFT/NYSUT political directors that points to how our local, state, national union work in tandem with the corporate Democrats' aim to make sure healthcare remains under the control of private insurance. Remember how quickly Obama abandoned the public option in order to get the private insurance companies to support Obamacare because they are making a fortune? Fundamental neo-liberal concept that better profit making private than anything government. Reaganism from both parties. Only the Bernie left pushes back.
Thanks to Daniel Alicea for doing the fundamental research.
Daniel's research into the history of our local, state, national teacher union positions on healthcare shows an evolution going from support for public option toward privately managed care with some careful managing of the language used.
The AFT’s shift on Medicare Advantage and privatization of Medicare
into a few too big to fail groups?
And the disappearance or deterioration of public hospital options?
- Here's a link to a dossier of links and documents showing this shift among
our teachers unions from a strong anti-privatization stance for decades
until the 2019-20 shift to privatization through Medicare Advantage and
- UFT/AFT leaders "claim" they want universal healthcare while doing everything they can to undermine the possibilities on all levels.
- Ditto for their partners in the Democratic Party run by a center/right connected to private health insurance lobbyists.
- UFT hires lobby firm representing healthcare industry.
- Biden chooses member of same firm to run Medicare.
- Both Dems and UFT try selling universal healthcare for all but must go through private insurance companies instead of single payer.
Manatt secured a landmark victory for its client Dignity Health, a California-based nonprofit hospital system, on October 13, when the California Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the hospital in Gray v. Dignity Health. The decision affirmed the dismissal of a putative systemwide class action lawsuit that claimed Dignity Health unlawfully failed to disclose emergency room fees. The decision also held that Dignity Health complies with all state and federal pricing disclosure laws, none of which imposes a duty to disclose emergency room fees. The Court of Appeal held that the disclosure duty the plaintiff wanted to impose was directly contrary to a host of federal and state laws that prohibit hospitals from discussing cost with patients in the emergency room prior to treating them, thus “disregard[ing] the long standing regulatory environment within which emergency departments operate, which emphasizes that no one in need of emergency care should be deterred from receiving it because of cost.”
is a VERY big lobbying firm. just secured them as their lobbying firm in Jan. Significant for a few reasons. 1. Manatt is one of the most influential lobbyists for Medicare Advantage & ACOs. docs.house.gov/meetings/WM/WMAnd some source material:3. Fmr managing director for Manatt is appointed by Biden as director for CMS. She is on record in her belief that the path to national healthcare is through privatization.Prugh and her assistant, have lobbied with FOR admin code 12-126. The provision that protects city worker healthcare. Vasquez still with and on payroll. He ran against in 2022. And is responsible for lobbying pols in NYC likeTo clarify, Prugh and Vasquez lobbied for the ELIMINATION of admin code 12-126.A single payer option is off the table on state & nat’l level for the big Dem machine. Despite lip service. See Biden & Harris vision for private-public plans. We see this vision in 2019 when testified before Congress. It’s as if she targets NYHA docs.house.gov/meetings/WM/WMThis privatization vision is reflected in our teacher unions when voted against including Medicare for All on DNC platform. And after decades of anti-privatization policy passes a resolution in 2020 during #lockdown that opens path to privatization.