The Maine-based group claims to be an independent policymaking group working towards "advancing health policy innovations," but the truth is that NASHP is devoted to "health equity" and "antiracism," both dog whistle terms that refer to institutionalized anti-white racism.
According to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, NASHP can no longer be "taken seriously" after reports emerged during a September 2022 conference showing that the group pushes far-left policies like the enactment of "equity" programs that cater exclusively to non-white people.
"It becomes incredibly difficult for groups like the NASHP and other organizations to be trusted, taken seriously, and believed to be credible when they become steeped in politics and often focus more on progressive activism than the actual promotion of subject matter expertise," Reeves said.
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Despite continually claiming that it has no allegiance to either major political party, the NASHP continues to remain an influential supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
The group wants Obamacare subsidies to be extended, and it takes in millions of dollars from dark money groups while functioning as a revolving door for Democrat campaigns and offices.
Both Mississippi and Arkansas say they have no interest in working with the group, with the latter's governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, indicating that her state "has no affiliation with this group and doesn't plan on participating in any of its events" in the future.
"We are not interested in collaborating with any left-wing groups that operate with a false veneer of objectivity," added Hunter Estes, the communications director for Gov. Reeves.
Last year, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, also a Republican, stated that the NASHP cannot be trusted as a nonpartisan source of information with its heavy ties to left-wing causes.
"It's disturbing to see the National Academy for State Health Policy, which claims to be nonpartisan, embrace a partisan liberal agenda," Miyares stated. "States should closely examine NASHP's rhetoric and activities and not embrace more division and divisiveness, particularly around public health."
In its defense, the NASHP says its "work is guided" by not just the left but "both Republican and Democratic state leaders."
"NASHP is a nonpartisan organization that has a long history of almost 40 years working with state leaders from all 50 states and D.C.," the group is quoted as saying.
Despite this claim, an overwhelming 96 percent of the group's employees donate to Democrats and Democrat causes. Trish Riley, the group's leader for most of the past four decades, has donated more than $50,000 to Democrat candidates since 1992. She is described as a "veteran party activist."
As far as where the NASHP gets its funding, one group, Arnold Ventures, has donated nearly $8 million to its "Center for Health Policy Development" since 2016. The NASHP then turns around and funnels that money to the likes of Avenue Solutions, an "all-female, all-Democratic firm" that took in $654,000 from the NASHP.
"NASHP is also a revolving door for activists between jobs with the Democratic Party. Several staffers have worked for former Democratic governors Ralph Northam (Va.), Terry McAuliffe (Va.), and John Baldacci (Maine)," reports indicate.
"Other employees have moved on to the liberal think tank Center for American Progress and to NARAL Pro-Choice America."
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