OT:Healthcare expert for sale

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Submitted by sjk on December 8, 2012 - 2:45pm

Cronyism within are government, we lose everytime.


Meet Liz Fowler: Architect of ObamaCare Jumps Ship to Johnson & Johnson
Posted on December 6, 2012
Following the passage of ObamaCare, several of the smartest people I know claimed that the bill was actually written by and for the drug and insurance companies rather than “the people” as Obama had claimed. My friend and orthopedic surgeon Dave Janda wrote an excellent piece that I published titled: Thoughts on Obamacare from a Surgeon and Friend.

In recent days it has emerged that Liz Fowler, who is said to have been one of the key architects of ObamaCare, is doing what any good revolving door crony capitalist would do. She is moving to the private sector to receive her payoff. Trudy Lieberman of the Columbia Journal Review explains that:

Herewith is a brief Fowler curriculum vitae: In 2001 she had a plum job as chief counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, which deals with healthcare bills. As Greenwald’s old Salon post notes, her biography says she “played a key role” in the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law that created a new senior drug benefit—a benefit provided via private insurers, not the government, as is the case for other Medicare benefits. A few years later she landed a position at WellPoint as a vice president overseeing the giant insurer’s lobbying activities.

Fowler then returned to Senate Finance in 2008 to work for Sen. Max Baucus, who chaired the committee, which was becoming Action Central for health reform. Fowler and Baucus pretty much wrote the bill that became Obamacare—and which, we should note, did not include a proposed “public option,” which was popular with ordinary people but not the insurance companies that lobbied hard to make sure it was out of the mix.

Then this week Politico’s Dave Levinthal and Anna Palmer had a scoop: Fowler is returning to the private world, this time to a senior level position leading global health policy at Johnson & Johnson’s government affairs and policy group.

Revolving door on Wall Street. Check. Revolving door at the Pentagon. Check. Revolving door in Healthcare. Check mate. Welcome to America. Check your freedom at the door.

In Liberty,
Read the full article:http://www.cjr.org/swing_states_project/healthcare_expert_for_sale.php?page=all

Submitted by spdrun on December 8, 2012 - 2:51pm.

People move between gov't and private industry and vice versa. News at 11.

Submitted by SK in CV on December 8, 2012 - 3:40pm.

Sadly, for those who watched closely as the health care law evolved, this isn't the least bit surprising. Fowler was a central character during the development of the law. She has been hopping back and forth between working in private industry and government for more than a decade. She was blamed by many liberals for Senate Dems eliminating the public option from evolving health care law while working for Max Baucus. Though in fairness, there were a handful of Senate dems who would never vote for a bill that eliminated private insurance. (Off the top of my head, Lieberman, Landrieu, Nelson, Lincoln, I'm pretty sure there were more.) As a result, we got a bill that made some decent reforms, increased coverage and access, but the primary beneficiary are insurance companies and large care providers. This is, unfortunately, the way the legislation process works.

Submitted by CA renter on December 8, 2012 - 11:19pm.

Which is why we need to remove ALL money/bribes/lobbying from politics. ALL OF IT.

This is also why I oppose term limits. I'd rather have a (clean) "career politician" in office than a lobbyist who moves back and forth between public and related private positions.

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