Ehrlichman: "Edgar Kaiser is running his Permanente deal for profit. And the reason that he can ... the reason he can do it ... I had Edgar Kaiser come in ... talk to me about this and I went into it in some depth. All the incentives are toward less medical care, because ..."
President Nixon: [Unclear.]
Ehrlichman: "... the less care they give them, the more money they make."
President Nixon: "Fine." [Unclear.]
Ehrlichman: [Unclear] "... and the incentives run the right way."
President Nixon: "Not bad."
[Source: University of Virginia Check - February 17, 1971, 5:26 pm - 5:53 pm, Oval Office Conversation 450-23. Look for: tape rmn_e450c.]
Thank goodness we have the Maverick's leadership to continue to make sure the incentives run the right way in the Repub party.