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Health Care: Who Will Pitch the Public Interest?

August 14, 2009

Fridays are my “Rebuilding our House of Democracy” days

To see the Health Care reform tussle here in Washington,  you’ve got to see this number that FCNL lobbyist David Culp – he leads nuclear disarmament work – passed on to me from CQ Politics:

“Six Lobbyists Per Lawmaker

“If there is any doubt that President Obama’s plan to overhaul U.S. health care is the hottest topic in Congress, just ask the 3,300 lobbyists who have lined up to work on the issue,” Bloomberg reports.

“That’s six lobbyists for each of the 535 members of the House and Senate, according to Senate records, and three times the number of people registered to lobby on defense. More than 1,500 organizations have health-care lobbyists, and about three more are signing up each day. Every one of the 10 biggest lobbying firms by revenue is involved in an effort that could affect 17 percent of the U.S. economy.” ” — from CQ Politics, August 14, 2009

While many of those for profit lobbyists pitch the best interests of their clients, who will pitch the best interests of the public?  That would be the nonprofit public interest lobby groups, including us at FCNL.  Our lead lobbyist on health care is Ruth Flower.  Check out FCNL health care reform resources, analysis, and action alerts that she and her team have put together for you.

You can help us to stand up for the public interest on this important matter of health care reform. That will help us to rebuild our House of Democracy, which is taking a beating right now.  Thanks.

— JV

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