Lobbyists Win, Six Ways to Sunday


How could this be? Thanks to brazen and determined lobbying, not
only is the public option rapidly fading from the health care debate,
but private insurers stand ready
to make a fortune from the likely "reform" that will make it past its
army of lobbyists. In
the first half of 2009, big insurers and their 900 lobbyists spent
almost $35 million lobbying; they also got 50,000 employees to write
letters, make phone calls and attend town meetings. Money talks, and
wins, once again.

"Hallelujah!" sums up industry response to the status of health
care reform, said health insurance executive and consultant Robert

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