"Fun Conspiracy Theory of the Day"
Paul Krugman writes: “I almost wonder whether Karen Ignagni is a progressive mole; that AHIP study has turned out to be extremely helpful to the other side.”
This is actually a more plausible theory than you might think. Look at her bio:
Prior to joining AAHP in 1993, Ms. Ignagni directed the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits. In the 1980s, she was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, preceded by work at the Committee for National Health Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
What’s the Committee for National Health Insurance? Well:
The Committee for National Health Insurance was organized in 1969 through the efforts of UAW President Walter P. Reuther. After the passage of Medicare in 1965, enthusiasm for further health insurance changes waned. Escalating costs and competing health care made it increasingly difficult for the UAW leadership to improve health care benefits for their members through collective bargaining. The CNHI, a lobbying organization independent of, but closely affiliated with the UAW, conducts research and prepares legislation in support of national health insurance.
CNHI was primarily active in the 1970s and was formally disbanded in 1988.
The specifics of the case aside, it does seem like a strong-willed individual or two could do an enormous amount of good by infiltrating corporate advocacy organizations.