Unum, Republicans, and SSDI


Internal Propaganda to Unum Employees

“Unum’s senior executives had a rare face-to-face visit with U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy last month, when he was in Chattanooga campaigning for Tennessee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.  As the House majority leader, McCarthy holds the second most powerful position in the House of Representatives, behind House Speaker John Boehner.

Unum President and CEO Rick McKenney, along with Vice President of Government Affairs Marty McGuinness and members of our senior executive team, spoke to Reps. McCarthy and Fleischmann about our business and the role we play in protecting individuals and families.

“Majority Leader McCarthy’s visit represents a great opportunity for the company to have a conversation with one of the most prominent leaders in Washington about our company and our products,” Marty said. “It’s also a chance to raise our profile with House leadership and to solidify our relationship with our local congressman.”

Rick gave an overview of Unum’s business and how it grew to be a Fortune 500 company and top business in Chattanooga. He also spoke about the company’s continuing commitment to our communities in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland…

Rep. Fleischmann recognized Unum for its commitment to community giving. “This is the most philanthropic company I know in Chattanooga,” he said. “It has a deep sense of longtime civil commitment.”

Senior management also spoke with Rep. McCarthy about some of the issues facing our industry, such as high corporate tax rates and the insolvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)…

As for the SSDI program, Majority Leader McCarthy acknowledges the looming problems with funding disability benefits and offered some optimistic insight.

“House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has made this issue part of his two-year goal plan,” he said. “I believe that by year’s end this will become a partisan issue and we will see some positive movement in the right direction.” …


My connections in the UK indicate both countries have taken to the streets in civil disobedience to rid Unum’s influence in their welfare programs. No one wants Unum insurance or its representatives in Great Britain or Ireland…

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