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House Democrats Say Trump Admin. Overpaid $500m for Ventilators

July 31, 2020, 12:47 PM

House Oversight Committee report says the White House overpaid by as much as $500m for a ventilator contract with Philips.

  • Report says the White House didn’t build on an existing Obama-era contract with the company
    • New deal was negotiated by Peter Navarro’s office, formalized by Adam Boehler, and then handed to HHS contract officer to do proper documentation, report says
  • Philips recommended the administration buy a model of ventilators with “more clinician-friendly screens,” but the committee found that the screens were identical to a cheaper model purchased by the Obama administration

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