Monday, August 17th, 2009   10:27 am | Author: Art | Health/Medical, Politics/Government | Add Comment
Tags: healthcare, lobbying, Obama
A couple of Bloomberg writers, Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O’Leary, dug up some interesting information that may lead one to believe that an average citizen’s position on health care reform may be meaningless.
In their on-line article they point out that there are 3,300 lobbyists working on health care reform. And when I say working on it I mean trying to sway Congress in the direction of their clients, health care institutions, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, etc.
If you do the math that works out to about 6 lobbyists for each member of Congress. The top ten lobbying firms by revenue (Patton Boggs LLP, Akin, Gump, Van Scoyoc Assoc, Podesta Group, Holland & Knight, Dutko Worldwide, Cassidy & Assoc, K&L Gates, Brownstein, Hyatt, Hogan & Hartson) as well as many others have lobbyists working on this.
The Center for Responsive Politics indicates that over $230 million was spent on lobbyists by companies and ..continue reading