Roll Call’s Jason Dick reports that Robert Zirkelbach, the spokesman and Vice President of Strategic Communications for America’s Insurance Plans (AHIP), is leaving April 23 to join the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as Senior Vice President of Communications.
As Roll Call reported, “Zirkelbach was in charge of helping AHIP and its head, Karen Ignagni, navigate some of the most treacherous policy and political waters in recent history: the debate over the Affordable Care Act. AHIP worked hand-in-glove with the Obama administration to make sure insurers stayed on board, and Ignagni and her organization took some major licks. The place he’s heading, PhRMA, also got criticized by those skeptical and opposed to Obamacare for doing much the same.”
Zirkelbach was previously Press Secretary for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-IA). He is a 200 graduate of Central College.
Zirkelbach’s first day at PhRMA is May 5.
AHIP Deputy Press Secretary Clare Krusing will take over for Zirkelbach “for the meantime,” according to Roll Call. (Roll Call & PF reporting)