Letter to the Editor: Bogus Healthcare Award For Andy Harris Deceives Senior Citizens

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A recent flyer in the U.S. Mail, produced by a direct mail political lobbyist, awarded Andy Harris a phony award for the 2018 CHAMPION OF HEALTH CARE INNOVATION AWARD. What is deceiving is that this award was a “rinky-dink” fictitious award, and was given by the American Life Sciences Innovation Council, a thinly veiled front organization for the same direct mail political lobbyist who produced the award, Public Access Company. Both these organizations share the same CEO and the same address in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The American Life Science Innovation Council’s tax returns show all their income comes from “Contributions” and all their expenses (90% of the Contributions) are payments to related “Lobbyists”.

These “made up” political awards only serve to confuse and misinform senior citizens in the 1st District and harm the integrity of the hard earned valid industry awards that are given for true advancements and innovations in Maryland’s healthcare industry. Harris’ Washington DC office was contacted and they thanked me, acknowledging the award but did nothing to distance themselves from the award. When personally questioned about the award, Harris responded that he was aware of the award but had no further knowledge as to who sent or funded the mailers. I would like to call on all politicians, if they fund these types of misleading awards or if they are aware of their supporters or PACS funding these bogus awards, they should put a stop to them and stop misleading our seniors in the 1st District.

We deserve sound, valid information so that we can vote responsibly when we go to the ballot box in November. We deserve political representation that encourage and supports activities that will earn coveted industry awards for true innovation that will help all citizens in the 1st District of Maryland. We deserve not to be misled. I encourage you to vote for Jesse Colvin, www.jessecolvin.com , who will bring accountable, healthcare leadership to the 1st District of Maryland.

Christopher A. Koch

Letters to Editor

  1. David Montgomery says:

    There is nothing fictitious or risky-dink about the American Life Sciences Council. It is a lobbying organization and its CEO was a senior executive in the pharmaceuticals industry, which readers can verify here: http://americanlifesciences.com/issues/. I understand that there are those, apparently including Mr Koch, who are prejudiced against lobbyists, drug companies and Rep. Harris. But the policy positions that the ALSC supports on Medicare, the FDA, the Medical Device Tax and patent protection for pharmaceuticals are sensible, well-reasoned and beneficial to health care consumers. I find awards like the one they gave to Mr. Harris useful because they give me a quick way to ascertain his positions and level of interest in certain issues. Disagree with those positions if you wish, but don’t make up accusations of bad faith and deception when voters are being given an accurate depiction of Mr. Harris’s position on some key issues.

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