Apologies to my new POV friends if this is a little thin to be a post. I don’t have the time to research this further right away but wow, I am hopping mad having just learned that Senator Bayh’s wife is on the board of Wellpoint and had earned over $2 million dollars over the past two years.
According to Wellpoint, prior to nomination to the board, Susan B. Bayh, J.D. Chairman of Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee and Member of Compensation Committee, Emmis Communications Corp. served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Business at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana from 1994 to 2004. From 1989 to 1994, Ms. Bayh served as an Attorney in the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company, where she handled federal regulatory issues for marketing and medical affairs. This outrageous situation needs to be widely disseminated so others can contact their Representatives and demand an ethics review. According to the standing rules of the Senate on Conflict of Interest: http://rules.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=RulesOfSenate.View&Rule_id=259a2601-22d6-4a04-a431-45b8501d5518 this is, if not a violation of several rules, it is so contrary to the intent of the rules, it points out that the rules need immediate review. Senators should at the very least have to recuse themselves from voting on matters where there is a clear monetary conflict.