A brutal Kansas City Star report reveals how Washington politician and Congressman Roger Marshall “pushed Congress to overturn restrictions on physician-owned hospitals,” an industry his family is invested in and has profited off of for years. Marshall even used his coronavirus response plan to try and loosen the rules, which would benefit “income-generating investments” for his family. Those investments yielded hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.
“This is the type of self-dealing you’d expect from a typical Washington politician like Congressman Marshall, and it’s this record that no amount of Mitch McConnell’s special interest money can cover up,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “Voters are sick of politicians putting themselves first, and this report is exactly the type of thing Marshall doesn’t want Kansans to read two weeks before the election.”
Beyond this latest effort to benefit an industry he’s tied to, Marshall cosponsored legislation that “would have lifted limits on the construction and expansion of physician-owned hospitals,” personally lobbied the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow physician-owned hospitals to treat more Medicare patients, and as the coronavirus pandemic initially began to spread, Marshall signed a letter calling for the suspension of the ban on new physician-owned hospitals. An expert on Congressional ethics called Marshall’s actions “a conflict of interest.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
By Jonathan Shorman and Bryan Lowry
October 20, 2020