During her time as an an executive at tobacco giant Philip Morris in the mid-1990s, Vice President Kamala Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, worked to “kill” efforts to hold tobacco companies accountable for public health costs resulting from their products, documents reviewed by Fox News show.
Flournoy’s portfolio at Philip Morris included working to “kill” Medicaid liability bills as states sued tobacco companies for Medicaid costs incurred by patients who smoked cigarettes. Today, tobacco companies must pay $9 billion to state governments each year due to a 1998 legal settlement over the costs of tobacco-related ailments.
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A 1996 memo from Flournoy, which is featured in the University of California, San Francisco’s Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library, laid out her “goals for 1996.”
“Work with USA to kill medicaid liability bills as they arise – at the moment, dealing with one in MD. Work with USA to prevent additional medicaid liability suits from being filed,” Flournoy wrote. “Work with the [Washington Relations Office] to continue to work on [legislation] at the federal level to fix the medicaid liability problem.”
Another goal: repealing a 1994 Florida law that cleared the way for the state to sue tobacco companies.
Tina Flournoy, Vice President Harris’ chief of staff, worked to “kill” Medicaid liability bills while she was an executive at Philip Morris.
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