Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ObamaCare: Hit#7 Lobbyists influence on Baucus Bill

This came out yesterday. Remember Obama's promise not to allow lobbyist to influence him. Well I guess it really does not matter. Healthcare reform lobbyist have got their sticky fingers all over Senator Baucus and other congressional democrats writing the recently released healthcare reform bill.

From Politico

Some of the most influential aides in the closed-door Senate Finance Committee negotiations over health care reform have ties to interests that would be directly affected by the legislation.

Before she was hired last year as senior counsel to Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Liz Fowler worked as a highly paid public policy adviser for WellPoint Inc., the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits company.

Mark Hayes, health policy director and chief health counsel for Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), is married to a registered lobbyist for a firm that represents drug companies and hospital groups, although the couple says she doesn’t lobby Grassley’s office.


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