The president of a George Soros-funded “progressive” think tank has boasted about helping to write President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.
Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, or CAP, appeared Friday night on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” when she was asked by another guest, James Poulos of the Huffington Post, whether she read the text of Obamacare.
“Yes,” she replied. “I helped write the bill. So yes, I read the bill. I read all 2,200 pages of the bill.”
Tanden assumed her CAP position in November 2011 after serving as a senior advisor for the U.S. Health and Human Services. She also worked on Obama’s health-reform team in the White House to help pass the Affordable Care Act.
Tanden argued in a February 2012 CAP report that individual mandates within Obamacare “will be instrumental in achieving near-universal coverage.”
Tanden co-authored the report, entitled, "The Case for the Individual Mandate in Health Care Reform," with fellow CAP staffer Topher Spiro, who is director of the think tank's health care policy department.
Spiro's official CAP bio states she was "a member of the team that drafted the Affordable Care Act of 2010."
The CAP has long been closely tied to the Obama administration. The center's co-director, John Podesta, was co-director of Obama's White House transition team.
A Time magazine article profiled the influence of Podesta's Center for American Progress in the formation of the Obama administration, stating that "not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan's transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway."
The CAP is funded by billionaire George Soros. Its board includes Van Jones, Obama's former "green jobs" czar, who resigned in September 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization.
Another primary CAP funder is the Tides Foundation. Tides is also a primary funder to radical groups such as MoveOn.org, Media Matters for America and the now defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott