From AP: “President Barack Obama’s administration began holding private meetings with health industry executives at the White House a few weeks after he took office, a visitor list released Wednesday night by the White House shows.” The White House released the list in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

However benign the gatherings might have been, the words “private meetings with industry executives” draw an uncomfortable parallel to previous administrations.

AP via Google:

So far, the Obama administration is following a Bush administration policy of refusing to release the logs, which are maintained by the Secret Service.

[…] In recent weeks, the White House has announced agreements under which hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry promised cost savings in return for an expanded base of insured patients. The deals were struck in private meetings, drawing comparisons to Vice President Dick Cheney’s secret talks with the energy industry as he helped President George W. Bush draft a national energy policy. Cheney’s 2001 meetings drew criticism from Democrats throughout the Bush years.

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