The endorsement came in the form of a Letter To The Editor in the local paper; published 18 October 2012.
Now, that’s a nice letter, talking about the great job (“huge contributions”) Hann is doing – seen by the residents that subscribe to the local paper right before election day. But nowhere does Mr. Tyler, of Boys and Tyler Financial, disclose that there might just be a slight conflict of interest: Hann works for Tyler.
One would think the voters of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, in Senate District 48, should know that.
Should Hann be re-elected, Hann will go back to the State Capitol, in the Legislature, where he’s the Chair of Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee. Why is that committee important? Because it oversees and writes legislation affecting the health insurance industry; the industry Mr. Tyler’s company (Boys & Tyler Financial) is in, which is the company Hann works for. How convenient – for them.
In the story “Conflict of Interest? David Hann, GOP Health Insurance Salesman” (25 Oct 2012), we posted a picture of “an ‘invitation-only” event hosted by the Republican Health Care Task Force (RHCTF) of the MN GOP at the State Capitol on November 3, 2011.” In the caption above the picture, it’s noted that NOT pictured are John Tyler, and David Hann.
We know by this screen shot that Tyler and Hann were scheduled for another health care forum, on 17 October 2012.
Tyler and his employee, Hann, have been involved in working on health care legislation for at least a year. What we don’t know is how long Hann has been an employee of Tyler. In fact, Tyler’s Letter to the Editor failed to disclose Hann even is an employee.
Hann needs to come clean and clear the air.
Links to previous coverage follows.
“Conflict of Interest? David Hann, GOP Health Insurance Salesman” — 5:00am, Thursday October 25th, 2012
“When is a Conflict of Interest, a Conflict of Interest? You Decide.” — Thursday, October 25th, 2012
“What does Sen. David Hann do for a living?” — 7:55pm, Thursday October 25th
“Fox9 News Scandal Coverage: “What does Sen. David Hann do for a living?” — 10:41am, Friday, October 26th
“TV station sees conflict of interest for Sen. Hann, others” — 2:12pm, Friday, October 26th
BREAKING: David Hann Scrubs His Website, or: “Let The WhiteWash Begin!” — 9:35 pm, Friday, October 26th
BREAKING: David Hann On Board Of Directors For Trade Association He Oversees — Monday, October 29th
(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)
The tweet caught my eye: GOP State Senator David Hann, a health insurance salesman? I thought (and I’m sure many others did) that he still worked at a local company, where he had been for over two decades.
Senator Hann is in his second term representing Eden Prairie and Minnetonka in the Minnesota State Senate, and serves as a member of the senate’s Education Committee; the Health, Housing and Family Security Committee; the Agriculture and Veterans Committee; and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He is now a business process consultant after spending 25 years with Eden Prairie based E.A. Sween Company. (emphasis added)
OK, why highlight that, above?
Because there’s a tweet that says he’s licensed to sell insurance – but his website says he’s a “business process consultant.”
Notice the disconnnect?
Here’s a kicker – not only is Senator Hann licensed to sell insurance; he’s licensed to sell health insurance. You know, the kind of insurance that’s overseen by, say, the the Health, Housing and Family Security Committee? Hann isn’t just “on” that committee; he chairs it.
So, why not disclose that on his campaign “about me” webpage?
We can do better by ensuring that all Minnesotans have choice and control over their health care, and expanding the market for innovative insurance products so it is affordable for all.
Personally, I always thought we can all do better if we knew what industry the legislators that represented us, worked in.
Apparently, not Senator Hann.
Because not only does he not only disclose his license to sell insurance on his campaign website, it’s not on his official Senate website either (screenshot, here). What does Senator Hann say his occupation is, on that official website? “Business process consultant.”
That’s twice Senator Hann doesn’t disclose he’s licensed to sell insurance. So, what does his Statement of Economic Interest, filed with the Campaign Finance Board, say?
Let’s take a look at Senator Hann’s twitter feed:
So what we have here, is a licensed insurance agent licensed to sell health insurance meeting with 700 fellow insurance agents, and nowhere does the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee disclose that he’s a licensed insurance agent. Not on his campaign website, his official Senate website, nor his Statement of Economic Interest. Nor did Hann disclose that at last week’s candidate debate.
Instead, Hann claims he’s a “business process consultant.”
It gets worse.
Take a look at this screenshot, from the website of Twila Brase, from the twitter picture at the top of this story:
That photo was taken at a forum titled, “Perspectives on Health Insurance Exchanges,” that (and I quote) “was an ‘invitation-only” event hosted by the Republican Health Care Task Force (RHCTF) of the MN GOP at the State Capitol on November 3, 2011.”
“Mn Association of Health Underwriters”? That’s the group Ms. Brase tweeted Senator Hann joined a board of.
Included among the “not pictured”? “Sen. David Hann (R-Eagan)(sic), chair of the Health and Human Services Committee; Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud), chair of the Health and Human Services Reform Committee, and author of HF497, the health insurance exchange bill…”
“Boys and Tyler Financial”? That’s the company Ms. Brase tweeted Hann now works for.
But, guess who else works at Boys and Tyler Financial?
Do we really have the Chair of the House HHSRC, and Chair of the Senate HHS, both now working at the same company; a said company that ” specialize(s) in Employee and Individual Benefits, including medical, dental, life, disability, vision, and retirement plans”?
And what does Rep. Gottwalt list as his occupation on campaign website?
“Small business owner”
Just like David Hann is a “business process consultant”…..
Hann has some serious explaining to do. As in, how did it come to pass that he ended up at the same company as his counterpart in the House, after he just spent two years as a Committee Chair overseeing legislation affecting a product that he’s now licensed to sell?
And why didn’t he bother to disclose any of that?
Gottwalt’s got some serious ‘splainin’ to do, too.
(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)