Top Boehner health aide leaving for lobbying firm
– Peter Sullivan
Charlotte Ivancic, Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) top health policy aide, is leaving his office to join the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young, the firm announced Wednesday.
Ivancic led the negotiations for Boehner on the repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate this year. The elimination of the annual Washington headache of automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, after negotiations with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was a significant achievement.
“From the first real entitlement reform in nearly two decades to groundbreaking steps to improve veterans’ health care, Charlotte has spearheaded some of our most significant accomplishments on behalf of the American people,” Boehner said in a statement. “She is one of the best I’ve seen at bringing people together to find common ground, and she leaves Boehnerland with the deepest respect — and best wishes — of her peers as well as lawmakers from both parties.”
Before joining Boehner’s office, Ivancic had worked for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
Tarplin, Downs & Young was founded in 2006 by former Republican healthcare staffers in the Bush administration and on Capitol Hill. It also has former Democratic staffers.
“Our clients will clearly benefit from her health policy expertise and her impressive track record of executing successful legislative strategies for complex issues,” the firm said in a statement.