Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying

Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides

The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records. Full Story »

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Jul. 13, 2009

The Post exposes the army of former lawmakers and aides now spending more money than ever to lobby Congress on behalf of insurers, prescription drug companies and hospitals. Well researched, fair, good sourcing. Makes it easier to see through rhetoric against the public option.

The hirings are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Jul. 13, 2009

A good spotlight on lobbying. The lobbying that corrupts democracy carries so much weight because it is backed up with huge contributions to campaign funds, party conventions, inauguration ceremonies, "think" tanks, and posh jobs for relatives.

Public funding of campaigns would kick one leg out from under the stool. The other corruption paths need addressing too.

Aides to Baucus and other lawmakers bristle at any suggestion of special treatment for former staff members. Baucus spokesman Scott Mulhauser said the senator ... More »

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Dec. 25, 2009

Good journalism that's relevant even five months after publication.

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Jul. 6, 2009

The lobbyist's role in the current health care reform debate is portrayed in a clarifying, straight-forward way. Its focus on the "revolving door" is informative. Effectively shows the very fine line between corporate representation in government and how close the democratic process is to it; there are extremely high stakes for all.

But public interest groups and reform advocates complain that the concentration of former government aides on K Street has distorted the health-care debate, and that it ... More »

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Samuel W.  Velsor IV
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by Samuel W. Velsor IV - Jul. 6, 2009

There is one big, huge shame here; these multi-millions of dollars that are being paid to lobbyist is now going to be paid by those of us with health insurance and I bet more of it will be in reduced benefits then in increased direct costs. Just to screw those insurance firms I pray that a Public Option will be voted into law. That the drug companies are spending millions is no surprise either the last thing they want is any controls that will reduce the degree of their rape of ... More »

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Manfred Ostrowski
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by Manfred Ostrowski - Jul. 13, 2009

The article offers information about an important aspect of the current health care debate: the impact of lobbying. The article seems to be quite fair, and readers might feel encouraged to follow the topic further.

I found this article quite revealing. Personally, I see some danger in too much lobbying.

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Priscilla L. Davis
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by Priscilla L. Davis - Dec. 29, 2009

This article throughly explore the staggering amount of lobbyist who have much influence on our legislative process. More articles are needed to shed light on this matter.

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Anna Carter
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by Anna Carter - Dec. 30, 2009

This article exposes an issue which we all, as Americans, should be aware of and concerned about. Our representative government has been hijacked by insiders and special interests, and endangers our democracy and freedom. This is one example of how this is happening.

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Sarah
by Sarah - Jul. 6, 2009

Ugh this is going to kill us in the long term. Free healthcare for illegals = costing us the rest of the money we have left

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