How Kaiser Permanente diversified into helping run “hit jobs” on adversaries
By Dana Steele and Anthony Hale – Digital News Digest Global
Washington DC – The CBS news series: 60 Minutes ran an investigative episode entitled “The Cleantech Crash” ( http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cleantech-crash-60-minutes/ ). This case documented, at the time, hundreds of millions of missing taxpayer dollars. As of today, the criminal abuse of public funds, in this case, has ballooned to over a trillion dollars.
While the FBI was raiding one of the companies involved (shown in the attached photo): Solyndra, just over the hill from Kaiser’s offices in the ironically named Pleasanton, California; things were not so pleasant. In a tale of intrigues as heart-stopping as the Litvenko ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoning_of_Alexander_Litvinenko ) or Enron ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron_scandal ) cases, the Kaiser brand apparently elected to insert itself into a political scandal of epic proportions by assisting with a take-down of one of the witnesses.
Kaiser, now rife with class-action lawsuits, patient dumping investigations, nursing association charges and sexual abuse arrests has had it’s share of incidents but now a common thread is beginning to emerge. Kaiser may have a morality issue. ( https://kaiserartechinvestigation.wordpress.com , http://www.kaiserpapers.org, etc. )
Documents prove that Kaiser and Artech Information (Kaiser’s partner) received communications ordering the firing of one of their staff in retribution for whistle-blowing. The staffer subsequently discovered that he had been poisoned by something, or someone from his work environment. This was the price he paid for “doing the right thing”.
The recent “Panama Leaks”, “Swiss Leaks”, “Clinton Leaks”, etc. should prove to corrupt companies that deeds done in the dark soon come to light. In the modern world, corruption can no longer hide. In addition to the revelation that state agencies hold copies of many companies entire digital records, dating back over a decade, the Chinese hackers seem to have their own copies. Lois Lerner-like “missing hard drives” are now a thing of the past. Personal emails and federal archives can now be subpoena’d and shown in court, as the recent Hulk Hogan case demonstrated. In the case of note, the employee never received any negative or down-ranked reports on his work. All of the staff commented favorably and wrote notes of appreciation. Reminiscent of the Thomas Drake case ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Andrews_Drake ), this employee was subjected to attacks and retribution simply because he had done what the policy manuals, domestic society and the Law said he was supposed to do when he saw something illicit.
One does not usually think of health-care as a hot-bed of corruption but with the arrest, for corruption and racketeering of the California Obamacare head: James Brown, Jr. and the interdiction of a host of Kaiser doctors for sexual crimes ( http://kaiserpapers.org/main-index.html ) the white smocked world of doctoring has some blood stains on it.
What leads a company to err and wander down the path of illicit behavior? Wikipedia’s discussion of the process of corporate dysfunction illuminates the subject with this passage:
“The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary. The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person. The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those in the United States. One theme is its assessment of corporations as persons, as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief JusticeMorrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as “persons” having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Topics addressed include the Business Plot, wherein in 1933, General Smedley Butler exposed an alleged corporate plot against then U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the tragedy of the commons; Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s warning people to beware of the rising military-industrial complex; economic externalities; suppression of an investigative news story about Bovine Growth Hormone on a Fox News Channel affiliate television station at the behest of Monsanto; the invention of the soft drinkFanta by The Coca-Cola Company due to the trade embargo on Nazi Germany; the alleged role of IBM in the Nazi holocaust (see IBM and the Holocaust); the Cochabamba protests of 2000 brought on by the privatization of a municipal water supply in Bolivia; and in general themes of corporate social responsibility, the notion of limited liability, the corporation as a psychopath, and the corporate personhood debate.
Through vignettes and interviews, The Corporation examines and criticizes corporate business practices. The film’s assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert D. Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath… The Corporation attempts to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy, e.g., the callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, the reckless disregard for the safety of others, the deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law.”
The Kaiser employee has, for years, attempted to resolve the matter with Kaiser and Artech Information Systems, without success.
Representatives repeatedly attempted to contact Kaiser spokespeople Amy Packard Ferro and Marc T. Brown at Kaiser’s headquarters office but they refused to respond. Both are familiar with the incident wherein the Plaintiff has sought redress of the issues since 2011. Kaiser and Artech have been promising action but continue to stonewall, say Plaintiffs.
As with many others, stone-walling by Kaiser and Artech have forced him, nurses and patients to turn to the courts and the media in hopes of finding justice. How does this kind of abusive treatment of a company’s own employees reflect on it’s overall brand and it’s ability to survive in the modern socially networked world? Ask Solyndra, MCI Communications, Enron and tens of thousands of other companies that were big one day and gone the next.