INOVA and the GOBN
As the court case between HCA and INOVA approaches, the Good Old Boy Network (GOBN) is getting hysterical.Â It may seem a little far fetched to believe that a local hospital is so tied into the local GOBN, but trust me it is an integral cog in the local machine.Â If you recall, INOVA was right at the heart of the Dulles South and Ridgewater Park rezoning controversies (as was George Mason University by the way).Â INOVA sees ongoing rapid growth as a pathway to ongoing rapid growth in revenues and profits, taxpayers be damned, and the hell if they’re going to share any of it with evil HCA.
I know HCA has its share of corporate problems, but INOVA is no saint either.Â I can tell you one thing, from my perspective any non-profit that has Larry Beerman and John Ryan (puppet master father of Jack) on its board can’t be too squeaky clean.Â Apparently INOVA is no longer using lawyer Doug Fleming for itsÂ local lobbying efforts, now that his long-time friend Bruce Tulloch is no longer on the board of supervisors.Â I’ve now heard that INOVA’s efforts have gone bipartisan, with Mark Herring at the helm, who apparently has done legal work for them as well.
The simple fact that the past BOS approved 86 out of 87 Special Exceptions filed, with HCA mysteriously being the only one denied, speaks volumes about the reach of INOVA.Â Their ad this past weekend in the WaPo Loudoun Extra raised my eyebrows, and Ric James at Hooda Thunk dissects it here.Â I though Republicans are all for open markets and competition?Â Loudoun’s healthcare system will absolutely not collapse should HCA enter the marketplace.Â To insinuate otherwise is shameful to the extreme.
UPDATE:Â Excellent column on the monopoly-mongering of INOVA in today’s WaPo by Steve Pearlstein (link here).