Romney’s Likely Chief Of Staff Is Profiting From Obamacare

The man who has been selected to head up Mitt Romney’s potential transition to president is reaping a profit from a law that Romney has pledged to repeal.

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (R) has been offering his consulting services to companies and states implementing health care exchanges, which are a key component in the Affordable Care Act. Romney, on the other hand, has pledged to repeal Obamacare on day one.

Politico reports that Leavitt could be tapped to serve as Chief of Staff or White House Counsel:

As the point man for what is internally called ‘Project Ready,’ Leavitt is stepping into a post that historically gets little attention during the campaign but becomes the focal point of a government-in-waiting beginning the day after the election. And already, plugged-in Republicans from Washington to Salt Lake City are buzzing that [if Romney wins,] Leavitt could make his own transition next January into the job of White House chief of staff or as a Valerie Jarrett-like personal counselor to a President Romney. … In an interview, Leavitt confirmed his involvement but said little about a process that is just underway. ‘The most important thing is to let the campaign be the focus of attention and for us to very quietly do what needs to be done, and that’s what we’re engaged in,’ he said about the transition planning.


Leavitt would be put in an awkward position if he actually had to transition to power. It would force him to choose between political capital and his real profits.