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HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)
White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler

Posted on 05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT by STARWISE

The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends.

The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s days in law school and who also vacations with the first family.

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett also has ties to the UHI. Until resigning to go work at the White House, Jarrett was Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees. And in 2007, a PR firm run by former senior White House adviser and Obama political guru David Axelrod provided provided public relations strategy advice to the UHI, according to the Washington Post.

There is no specific evidence that any of those linked to the Obamas, or the Obamas themselves, influenced the HHS decision to grant the funding to the UHI. But the large award raises questions about appearance, given the number of Obama associates connected to the program and the involvement of the first lady with its founding.

The UHI won out over lots of competition. According to HHS, some 3,000 applications were received for a share on the $1 billion in 3-year grants available. Only 26 programs were included in the first batch of awards doled out.

An HHS spokesperson said that while “final determinations” were made by the HHS’s CMS Innovation Center Director, objective standards were used in selecting the awards and the White House was not “in any way” involved in the selection of grantees.

“Applications that met the basic eligibility requirements underwent a competitive, objective review,” the spokesperson said. “Independent health care expert review panels from outside government and staff from all across the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed the applications for how well they met the criteria outlined in the grant solicitation, and made recommendations regarding funding . . . scoring was conducted by an independent panel of content experts that was organized by an experienced contractor.”

The awards have been politicized by the administration, which is touting them as part of its “We Can’t Wait” initiative to create jobs by executive action while the White House “waits” for the Republican-led House to act. The Innovation Center was established under Obamacare.

The Urban Health Initiative was founded to help link low-income patients to health providers in their communities.

According to HHS, UHI received the grant to help it, in partnership with other groups, increase patients’ access to health resources by developing an electronic database of health providers that links to electronic health records maintained by “local safety net providers.”

Last week’s award is not the first time money directed toward the UHI has raised red flags. In September, The Daily Caller reported that the private philanthropy of billionaire Obama supporter and donor George Kaiser had donated $10,000 to the UHI during 2009, the same year Kaiser secured the now-infamous $535 million government loan guarantee to failed solar panel maker Solyndra.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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Martha's Vineyard, frolicking with Dr. Eric Whitaker

Related:

Obama pal part of fed probe (Dr. Eric Whitaker)

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Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Susan Sher and their roles played in the University of Chicago Medical Center patient dumping scheme and the whole Obama Culture of Corruption

Excerpt:

Republicans on Capitol Hill are taking a fresh look at one of the seedier Chicago stories from Barack and Michelle Obama’s past in ratcheting up the debate on Obamacare: the University of Chicago Hospital’s “Urban Health Initiative,” which Michelle Obama ran prior to her taking a leave of absence to campaign with her husband in 2007. . . .

It wasn’t just Obama’s wife who was involved in creating the program. Senior White House adviser and political strategist, David Axelrod, and his PR firm in Chicago were retained to develop a media campaign to encourage area residents not to use University of Chicago as a medical facility.

Senior White House official, and Obama friend, Valerie Jarrett served on the board of directors of the hospital and approved the plan for the Urban Health Initiative, and the hiring of Axelrod. . . .

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2008 - Obama's Earmarks: $1 Million for Wife's Hospital

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Patient Dumping at Univ. of Chicago Med. Center

Excerpt:

Video: Did Michelle Obama start a patient-dumping program?

“While Barack Obama presses for health-care reform, Sean Hannity looks at his wife’s efforts to reform medical care at the University of Chicago Medical Center as its vice-president.

In a lengthy segment on last night’s show, Hannity reports on the Urban Health Initiative, a program ostensibly intended to provide the kind of change in health care that President Obama says his program will deliver nationally — fewer emergency room vists, better wellness and prevention care, and lower costs.

However, the people in Chicago see the UHI differently. In practice, it looks more like a patient-dumping scheme to avoid dealing with Medicare/Medicaid patients (via HA reader JiangxiDad):

This came up during the presidential campaign, but just as the conventions and running-mate selection picks had the media blinkered. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on it August 23rd, 2008:

‘Sen. Barack Obama’s wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don’t have private insurance — primarily poor, black people — to other health care facilities.

Michelle Obama — currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital — helped create the program, which aims to find neighborhood doctors for low-income people who were flooding the emergency room for basic treatment.

Hospital officials say such patients hinder their ability to focus on more critically ill patients in need of specialized care, such as cancer treatment and organ transplants.

Obama’s top political strategist, David Axelrod, co-owns the firm, ASK Public Strategies, that was hired by the hospital last year to sell the program — called the Urban Health Initiative — to the community as a better alternative for poor patients. Obama’s wife and Valerie Jarrett, an Obama friend and adviser who chairs the medical center’s board, backed the Axelrod firm’s hiring, hospital officials said.

Another Obama adviser and close friend, Dr. Eric Whitaker, took over the Urban Health Initiative when he was hired at U. of C. in October 2007. Whitaker previously had been director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for the state job, giving his name to Tony Rezko, who helped Gov. Blagojevich assemble his Cabinet. Rezko, a former fund-raiser for Obama and Blagojevich, was convicted in June on federal corruption charges tied to state deals.’

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Obama's Other Chicago Mafia - Who are those guys you always see with the President?

Excerpt:

t's no secret that Obama brought a Chicago contingent with him to the White House. But he doesn't bring David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett along on vacation. He leaves that to a couple other Chicago buddies.

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Those jobs fall to Eric Whitaker, a Chicago doctor, who is the president's chief of friendship and Marty Nesbitt, a Chicago businessman, who's his secretary of palling around. They shoot hoops together, vacation together, ride bikes and celebrate birthdays together. Obama’s buds even flew to Norway to see their First Friend accept the Nobel Peace Prize.

*snip*

Whitaker and Nesbitt have been friends with Obama for years; Whitaker and Obama played basketball during grad school at Harvard and Nesbitt’s family lives in Obama’s South Side neighborhood.

Unlike Obama’s Axelrod and Jarrett, Whitaker and Nesbitt don’t work for the President. But they're just as loyal.

*snip*

Obama aides did confirm that the two friends had flown for free on Air Force One as guests of the president on official trips, including the trip to Oslo, Norway, to accept the Nobel. The two made their own arrangements to travel to Hawaii when the Obama's vacationed there this summer.

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These creeps just don't know how to do something legally, righteously, or to keep any sacred oaths they've taken ... only scam, con, corrupt and steal .. truly .. the Chicago Way. Damn their souls.

1 posted on 05/14/2012 11:49:35 AM PDT by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; ...

..Ping!


2 posted on 05/14/2012 11:51:42 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
The awards have been politicized by the administration, which is touting them as part of its “We Can’t Wait” initiative to create jobs by executive action

As in, We Can't Wait til we're out of office to cash in on this whole Bein' Preezy of the United Skeezy thang!

3 posted on 05/14/2012 11:55:31 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

Rezko went to jail for extorting consulting jobs out of hospitals in IL. Key to his success was having Obama’s ear on who the State Senate appointed to the hospital board.
They are all a bunch of crooks.


4 posted on 05/14/2012 12:07:13 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Argus

Rezko went to jail for extorting consulting jobs out of hospitals in IL. Key to his success was having Obama’s ear on who the State Senate appointed to the hospital board.
They are all a bunch of crooks.


5 posted on 05/14/2012 12:07:13 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: STARWISE

Nothing will come of it. They do as they damn well please.

“The most open administration ever”, that’s what he promised the idiot voters.


6 posted on 05/14/2012 12:12:44 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: STARWISE

Here we go again..


7 posted on 05/14/2012 12:12:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: onyx

Of course, as usual, nary a peep out of the GOP House & Senate.


8 posted on 05/14/2012 12:14:27 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: STARWISE

With just a bit of effort you could probably find out this information on your own on the internet. I am reminded of the saying, “If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck....”


9 posted on 05/14/2012 12:19:14 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: STARWISE
There is no specific evidence that any of those linked to the Obama's, or the Obama's themselves, influenced the HHS decision to grant the funding to the UHI.

How stupid, how utterly stupid the Obama's and cronies take us for. Americans who voted for this Marxist for emotional reasons are truly irresponsible so that now the entire nation is being abused by this Black man who hates America....had no way of knowing what a great country he lived in because he was raised by communists, Marxist, and Socialists who all were anti American...and as a young adult those are the types he sought out for friends....Obama is NOT your friend.

10 posted on 05/14/2012 12:19:22 PM PDT by yoe (Proud to be part of the Tea Party movement.....!!!!!)
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To: STARWISE
Mao, Lenin, Hitler, Stalin and Kim Il Sung also handed out favors to early backers and party apparatchiks, why is everyone so surprised?
11 posted on 05/14/2012 12:21:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Right. Useless. Too many RINO fossil incumbents.


12 posted on 05/14/2012 12:21:56 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: STARWISE

Quid pro Quo, Doctor Lechter, Quid pro Quo!

Can anybody imagine anyone else skating on this kind of in your face scandal? Must be nice - as we used to say in the $hi*


13 posted on 05/14/2012 12:28:33 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: onyx

In 3+ years, Obama has committed more heinous acts than 8 years of Clinton. He doesn’t even bother to hide them anymore.


14 posted on 05/14/2012 1:06:51 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: STARWISE

Whitaker has just been identified on the Sean Hannity show as the man who tried to pay off Jeremiah Wright to keep quiet during Obama’s Presidential campaign.


15 posted on 05/14/2012 1:14:02 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom; onyx; DJ MacWoW; RedMDer; trisham; TheOldLady; musicman; vox_freedom; ...

No kidding ...
Jeeeeeze .... no bounds, no depths too low and filthy ..

Guess the ‘ole doc forgot: do no harm


16 posted on 05/14/2012 1:20:16 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

ty foe the ping my good FRiend!

xoxo,
Meeky


17 posted on 05/14/2012 1:38:01 PM PDT by MeekMom
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To: STARWISE

And to imagine that some here thought that hiring Mrs Obama was a waste of money. Look at that ROI! Hire the wife for $300000 to do nothing, get millions in return.


18 posted on 05/14/2012 1:39:08 PM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: stephenjohnbanker
In 3+ years, Obama has committed more heinous acts than 8 years of Clinton. He doesn’t even bother to hide them anymore.

Right and right.

His fawning media hides everything for him.

19 posted on 05/14/2012 2:24:56 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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Update from Daily Caller:

“Well, what happened is that after ABC’s Brian Ross broadcast the video tapes of the Rev. Wright ‘God damning America’ and slamming whites and slamming Jews and America, he was contacted by one of Obama’s closest personal friends — a guy who travels on Obama’s plane, who plays basketball with him, who goes on vacation with him,” Klein said.

“His name is Dr. Eric Whitaker. Dr. Whitaker is the vice president of the University of Chicago Medical Center and he’s a member of Obama’s very tight inner circle. And he sent an email to a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.”

Klein reminded listeners that Whitaker’s hospital is the same one that paid first lady Michelle Obama $316,962 a year to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center while her husband served in the U.S. Senate.

In an email, Klein said Whitaker had offered Wright $150,000 “if he would shut-up and not criticize Obama anymore.” When Wright refused Whitaker’s offer, Klein said Obama himself personally met with Wright, which supposedly took place after Obama’s March 18, 2008 “race speech,” confirmed by both Wright’s word and the U.S. Secret Service logs.

Whitaker, who attended Harvard Graduate School in the early 1990s with Obama, was known for having been a proponent of Obama’s health care legislation.

Klein also said Wright told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein said he has on tape.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/14/book-reveals-obama-ally-who-bribed-jeremiah-wright-to-stay-quiet/#ixzz1ut3d2SIB


20 posted on 05/14/2012 3:53:25 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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21 posted on 05/14/2012 3:59:41 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: onyx

Nobody cares anymore, there’s too many good shows on TV.


22 posted on 05/14/2012 5:04:37 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: STARWISE

Hannity just discussing bribe on his program. He needs this infromation. IIRC Hannity@foxnews.com


23 posted on 05/14/2012 6:23:15 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: STARWISE

Well, Democrat are leaving it to Health and Human Services to finish the bill, and when they do, we’ll finally know whats in the bill...


24 posted on 05/14/2012 6:40:32 PM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: STARWISE
In Klein's new book out yesterday "the Amateur", Eric Whitaker is accused of discussing a deal to offer Rev Jeremiah Wright $150,000 to keep his mouth shut. Yesterday, Klein agreed, on air, to send a copy of his 3 1/2 hour interview with Wright to Sean Hannity.
25 posted on 05/15/2012 7:09:18 AM PDT by cookcounty ("We're all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young." -J Goldberg)
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To: STARWISE
"Klein also said Wright told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein said he has on tape.”

Now that is going to leave a mark!

26 posted on 05/15/2012 7:14:31 AM PDT by cookcounty ("We're all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young." -J Goldberg)
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To: STARWISE

bump


27 posted on 07/30/2012 12:41:47 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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