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Kushner Task Force Shares Private-Sector Zeal, Oscar Health Ties

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Jared Kushner put together a virus task force dominated by businessmen. Several of them have invested in the same health care companies.
Jared Kushner put together a virus task force dominated by businessmen. Several of them have invested in the same health care companies.Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

As the coronavirus spread in mid-March, White House adviser Jared Kushner began assembling an ad hoc task force to combat it. One of his first calls was to a longtime acquaintance, Adam Boehler. In short order, Boehler called Nat Turner, a friend and health care angel investor.

Boehler and Turner had founded successful health care startups, but they also shared a connection with Kushner not previously reported: All three have been investors at one time or another in Oscar Health, the company founded and run by Kushner’s brother, Josh.

Kushner says it was simple logic that led him to put together a task force led by businessmen rather than government bureaucrats, running in the shadow of the vice president’s official task force.