“Seema Verma and Alex Azar serve the American public. But on their watch, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wasted millions of taxpayer dollars by funneling money to Trump’s buddies and boosting Verma’s personal brand,” said Lizzy Price, director of Restore Public Trust. “Verma and Azar must be held accountable for their rampant and unethical misuse of funds. Americans deserves public servants that work for them, not a bunch of Washington lobbyists.”
POLITICO PRO: Federal health contract funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump allies
At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to documents newly obtained by POLITICO.
They were among at least 40 consultants who worked on a one-year, $2.25 million contract directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. The contractors were hired to burnish Verma’s personal brand and provide “strategic communications” support. They charged up to $380 per hour for work traditionally handled by dozens of career civil servants in CMS’s communications department.