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  •  How did the Ins Industry and Baucus miss this (0+ / 0-)

    when they were writing up the ACA?

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by greenbastard on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 08:48:20 AM PST

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      Losty, jec, PorridgeGun

      They didn't.  The Insurance Industry was in his office writing the damned law.

      all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

      by 4kedtongue on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 09:00:46 AM PST

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    •  Two words: (0+ / 0-)

      Liz Fowler

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      Fowler's career in Washington stretches back more than a decade, when she first left a private sector hospital group in Minnesota in 2000 to join the Health Care Financing Administration, a federal agency now known as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

      By the following year, Fowler had landed at the powerful Senate Finance Committee, working on health care issues for Montana Democrat Max Baucus. Lobbying records show that Fowler stayed until 2006, when she departed for a two-year stint at health insurance company WellPoint, only to return to the Senate in 2008, again working on health policy for Baucus.

      When it comes to health care, and health lobbyists, Baucus isn't just any senator. Since 1998, he has collected more than $5.1 million in campaign contributions from the insurance, pharmaceutical and nursing industries, making him one of the health care sector's most heavily backed lawmakers.

      Arguably more important than money, however, are the long-running staff ties that Baucus maintains with the health care industry, starting with Fowler. According to congressional staff records, 34 former Baucus staffers are currently registered to lobby Congress, and almost a third of them work on health care issues, including former Baucus chiefs of staff Jay Driscoll, Jeff Forbes and David Castagnetti, former legislative director Nick Giordano, one-time law clerk Kristen Henderson, policy adviser Scott Olsen, former trade counsel Scott Parven and former staffers Jennifer LaTourette, Marnie Russ and Maureen Testoni.

      all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

      by 4kedtongue on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 09:20:36 AM PST

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