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Obamacare: The architects of healthcare reform are making a fortune as lobbyists

August 26, 2013

 While Obamacare is in disarray with many of the provisions being conveniently delayed until after the 2014 election, and with many companies and individuals struggling with the healthcare reform law, there is one group of people who are doing quite well with the new law as it is slowly implemented.

  That group of people just happens to be about 30 or so former Obama regime officials turned lobbyists; these officials just happened to help to craft the law in the first place:

ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside.
More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.

Major lobbying firms such as Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, The Glover Park Group, Alston & Bird, BGR Group and Akin Gump can all boast an Affordable Care Act insider on their lobbying roster — putting them in a prime position to land coveted clients.

“When [Vice President] Biden leaned over [during the signing of the healthcare law] and said to [President] Obama, ‘This is a big f’n deal,’ ” said Ivan Adler, a headhunter at the McCormick Group, “he was right.”

Veterans of the healthcare push are now lobbying for corporate giants such as Delta Air Lines, UPS, BP America and Coca-Cola, and for healthcare companies including GlaxoSmithKline, UnitedHealth Group and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Ultimately, the clients are after one thing: expert help in dealing with the most sweeping overhaul of the country’s healthcare system in decades. 

“Healthcare lobbying on K Street is as strong as it ever was, and it’s due to the fact that the Affordable Care Act seems to be ever-changing,” Adler said. “What’s at stake is huge. … Whenever there’s a lot of money at stake, there’s a lot of lobbying going on.”

  Forgive me if I am wrong for I am growing older and I my memory might not be what is used to be, but in 2008 didn’t Barack Obama run on a platform which included ending the influence of lobbyists in Washington?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    August 26, 2013 7:20 pm

    He also said elections have consequences. Time to rob America before the final collapse. All of his minions are being rewarded. This is a Kleptocracy. There no secret cabal or third hand. BO is a dictator who is lining his pockets and laughing his ass off at how easy it has been to fool so many.


  2. LD Jackson permalink
    August 27, 2013 6:44 am

    The more we see of the Obama administration, the more we should realize just how big of a farce his “hope and change” mantra really was. The only real change that has occurred is that the lobbying has gotten worse than it was before 2008.


    • August 27, 2013 6:52 am

      Yeah, he promised to change the way Washington worked but so far it has been more of the same, or worse. Hope and change turned into broken promises and that is what we have come to expect from Washington.


  3. August 27, 2013 5:19 pm

    I am hopeful that after he makes an as* of himself during the MLK shenanigans, a few more may see the light. The king admirers may not be so entralled to have it all about our narcissistic president.


    • August 27, 2013 7:44 pm

      We will have to see about that, the people who will be outraged are probably only going to be those who are already outraged by this president. The others will talk about how elegant and wonderful his speech was.


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