Jim McElhatton
The Washington Times
December 4, 2009

[efoods]When members of Congress decided in November to start investigating the recipients of seven-figure pay packages in the health insurance industry, they may not have expected to find themselves probing a top Obama administration official.

Just months earlier, Interior Department Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary Thomas L. Strickland had breezed through his Senate confirmation hearing without a mention of his $2 million bonus from one of the country’s biggest health care plans.

Altogether, the two-time Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado received more than $5 million in salary, bonus and stock compensation last year as the chief legal officer at UnitedHealth Group, a Minnesota-based health care plan, according to regulatory filings.

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