Politics as a profession? That isn’t a good idea for the long-term, said Daniel Bahr in a 2010 interview. At the time, his political career was going brilliantly. He had just been elected regional chairman of the Free Democrats in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. More than a few members of the FDP saw him as a ray of hope for the party in crisis that has seen its reputation and voters dwindle.
In 2009, with Daniel Bahr, Christian Lindner, general secretary of the party, and then-federal Health Minister Philipp Rösler at the helm, the FDP was finally able to present itself as it wanted to: young and fresh. But the FDP boygroup did not deliver. Mr. Bahr was able to rise to federal health minister in the CDU-FDP coalition, but the approval ratings for the party remained in the toilet during the boygroup’s reign.
The FDP finally lost their seats in the federal elections in 2013 – for the first time in the party’s history. In the aftermath, Mr. Bahr went to the United States for a few months, where he advised officials in Washington on their healthcare reform. At the beginning of this week, the 37-year-old annonced that he was leaving politics. As of November, Mr. Bahr will be employed as a manager for the private health insurance company Allianz Private Krankenversicherung (APKV), its parent company Allianz announced.
After an initial adjustment period, Mr. Bahr is expected to be appointed to the subsidiary’s management board. Markus Riess, chairman of the Allianz management board, said that as a “proven health expert,” Mr. Bahr would advance APKV’s business. Mr. Bahr knows the business well: Between 2005 and 2009, he was the spokesman for the FDP parliamentary faction on health issues, and always made a strong case for private health insurance.