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InsiderOnline Blog: August 2013

ObamaCare Has Been Good for the People Who Wrote ObamaCare

The people who wrote ObamaCare aren’t done writing it; only now they’re getting paid a lot more to do it as lobbyists:

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. […]

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. […]

Demand for ObamaCare insiders is even higher now that major pieces of the law, including the healthcare exchanges and individual insurance mandate, are being set up through a slew of complicated federal regulations. […]

While lobbying revenue at major firms has been flat or declining in recent years, the healthcare law has generated steady work—a trend that is likely to continue for years to come.

That’s because ObamaCare runs on a long timeline—well into the next administration. Unless the law is severely crippled, the reform’s rules and requirements will be rolling out through at least 2020. [The Hill, August 25]

Funny how it works out that way.

Posted on 08/26/13 01:57 PM by Alex Adrianson

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