Health Industry Lobby Celebrates Gov. Kasich’s Obamacare Advocacy

National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council for Behavioral Health has honored Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) with its 2014 Elected Official Service in Advocacy award in recognition of his tireless promotion of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

The DC-based nonprofit joins entitlement spending supporters from Ohio’s health care industry, from the press, and from state-based socialized medicine lobbying groups in celebrating Gov. Kasich’s unilateral enactment of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Kasich will be officially presented with the award, which is sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, on May 6 at National Council’s 2014 conference in Washington.

The conference will be keynoted by Hillary Clinton and addressed by far-left former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) director Don Berwick. Berwick and President Bill Clinton were speakers at National Council’s 2011 conference.

Describing itself as “the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations,” National Council for Behavioral Health reported $20.5 million in revenue to the IRS for fiscal year 2011.

The nonprofit paid president and CEO Linda Rosenberg $489,525, paid executive vice president Jeannie Campbell and vice president of public policy Charles Ingoglia each $216,268, and spent $236,261 on direct lobbying during the fiscal year.

In its 2013 annual report, National Council recognized a list of deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, and Novartis as donors.

National Council counts Aetna, a health insurance and managed care company with a market capitalization of roughly $24 billion, among its national affiliates.

“As the healthcare reform debate raged, the National Council pounded the halls of Congress to ensure that increased access to mental health and addictions services would be at the core of any legislation passed, promising better treatment and supports for millions of Americans,” National Council’s 2009 annual report boasted.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, responsible for Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, was a featured guest at last year’s National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Las Vegas.

“Leading during challenging times, with painful budget cuts and Congressional gridlock, can present great opportunities, as demonstrated by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a remarkable leader who has faced many challenges in her tenure,” National Council’s 2013 conference program read.

National Council’s board is comprised of executives at state and regional mental health care facilities looking to rake in taxpayer money from the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and from Obamacare’s requirement that plans sold on government exchanges include coverage for addiction and other mental health issues.

The same is true of National Council’s members in Ohio.