Top Boehner aide leaving for health care group

Brendan Buck, press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, said Monday he’s leaving that job to become vice president of communications at America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Buck was well-known in the halls of the Capitol was part of Boehner’s quick response team. He would give instance reactions to a presidential initiative, for instance, or a position on legislation.

“I've had a chance to see and do some incredible things over the last eight and a half years,” Buck said in an e-mail Monday. He also served as press secretary for the 2012 Republican vice presidential campaign of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

He left with praise for Boehner. “I can tell you there is no better man for the challenges we face right now than John Boehner,” he said.

Buck joins a powerful group representing health care providers. Boehner has been an advocate of repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law; AHIP has been far more sympathetic.

Buck made this pledge: “To all you reporters, you haven't gotten rid me yet - please get used to reaching out for all matters health care.”