"This is the type of self-dealing you'd expect from a typical
Beyond this latest effort to benefit an industry he's tied to, Marshall cosponsored legislation that "would have lifted limits on the construction and expansion of physician-owned hospitals," personally lobbied the administrator of the
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* As Kansas scrambled to combat the pandemic in April, Rep.
* The letter came after Marshall's wife had made at least
* A review of financial disclosures and congressional documents by
* The Affordable Care Act placed several restrictions on such hospitals. Marshall would vote on and potentially help draft any replacement to the landmark law if the
* Physician-owned hospitals are just that: hospitals owned by doctors that are often run for profit.
* They have been controversial within the medical community because of concerns that they undercut traditional hospitals by "cherry picking" profitable patients. Critics also contend they create an environment where doctors may have financial incentive in the care they provide, creating a conflict of interest.
* And, as Marshall's financial disclosures show, the industry can be profitable for investors.
* Annual reports filed by Marshall show that in the years he's been in
* As his wife's
* "It poses a conflict of interest. His family, his wife, will personally benefit from passage of legislation like that and that also means the lawmaker will benefit," [Public Citizen's