Fox Lets Hospital Lobbyist D'Amato Attack Health Care ReformFebruary 19, 2013 1:53 PM EST ››› OLIVER WILLIS
In an appearance on Fox's America's Newsroom, former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) claimed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lead to "droves of hospitals" shutting down, though neglected to disclose that his firm has taken in nearly $1 million lobbying on behalf of New York-area hospitals since 2007.
While discussing the ACA, D'Amato claimed that "Obamacare is creating immense distortions in the market, and you're going to see hospitals -- that's my prediction -- droves of hospitals closing down. They're just not going to be able to make it."
Neither Fox nor D'Amato disclosed his lobbying work for the hospital industry or his business relationships within the healthcare industry. In his introduction by co-host Martha MacCallum and on the chyron, D'Amato was simply identified as a former senator. D'Amato is the founder and managing directorof Park Strategies, LLC a lobbying firm that describes itself as cultivating "influential and beneficial relationships through our years of experience and involvement with government and private sector industries."
According to Open Secrets, between 2007 and 2012, Park Strategies earned $720,000 for federal lobbying on behalf of South Nassau Communities Hospital. From 2009 to 2012, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital paid Park Strategies $260,000 for lobbying services. Both hospitals are located in New York.
D'Amato is also on the board of directors of BioSign Technogies, Inc., a "manufacturer and distributor of innovative health monitoring systems" that sells its products to doctors and hospitals, among others.