Big ag’s $50 million Obamacare contract
November 20, 2013
Western Growers Association, a group staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, won a $50 million contract to manage Obamacare in California. [Calbuzz]
Pinnacle Claims Management Inc., a subsidiary of Western Growers Service Corps, won the lucrative three-year contract earlier this year. Xerox was the only other company bidding for the job.
Last week, the president of Pinnacle, David Zanze, was listed as senior vice president of Western Growers. Then, after reporters from Calbuzz made inquiries, Zanze’s identification on the Western Growers web site was changed to senior vice president of Western Growers Assurance Trust.
Though managing the program, the ag group continues to voice opposition the Affordable Care Act.
In 2012, Western Growers President Tom Nassif said they would “continue to work toward the repeal of Obamacare” and that they were requesting an exemption for the agricultural industry “until meaningful immigration reform has been enacted by legislation or an ag provision has been included in the regulations promulgated by Obamacare.”