Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has criticized Bush administration opposition to efforts to give states authority over Medicare Advantage plan marketing practices.
Stark, chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee Health Subcommittee, has put out a statement calling Bush “a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.”
“How else to explain his opposition to enabling states to investigate and prosecute private insurance companies that deceive seniors?” Stark asks.
Members of Congress are working in a bipartisan fashion to prevent Medicare Advantage plan marketers from misrepresenting their products, Stark says.
“Instead of defending big insurance companies that contributed to his campaigns, President Bush should join Congress to protect America’s seniors and people with disabilities,” Stark says.