ObamaCare boosts lobbying industry

Barack Obama

The Affordable Care Act (or “ObamaCare”), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 has since then helped to boost the Washington lobbying industry.

The implementation of the law offered enough incentives to over 30 former administration officials, congressional employees and lawmakers to set up lobbying firms of their own in Washington, as companies demand to be represented by insiders who dealt with ObamaCare from the get-go.

According to The Hill, architects of the law are increasingly involved in lobbying efforts while representing companies such as UPS, BP America, Delta Airlines, and Coca-Cola. Due to the law’s seemingly ever-changing nature, healthcare companies have also been focused on hiring only former staffers and lawmakers to watch over their interests while dealing with members of committees in charge of the oversight over healthcare.

Because of the constant change in how Washington deals with the legislation commonly known as ObamaCare, the lobbyists’ agenda also changes. The demand for influence has boosted the business of an elite network of Washington insiders who are familiar with the complicated federal regulations, which is now raising questions related to the Affordable Care Act’s integrity. According to a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the special relationship between former lawmakers and industries subject to legislation is enough to prompt questioning concerning the bill’s integrity.

Yvette Fontenot, a former staffer for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Senate Finance Committee who was recently hired by the lobbying firm Avenue Solutions, was closely involved with the writing the ObamaCare’s tax-related provisions and the implementation of the new regulations. Avenue Solutions now represents Health Care Service Corporation. According to the reports, Fontenot also represents Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the National Electrical Manufacturers.

Former Democrat Representative for North Dakota Earl Pomeroy is now an influential lobbyist for Alston & Bird, which represents the health insurance provider National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans and Medicare and Vision Service Plan.

When a special relationship between the private sector and the government takes place, preeminent members of the industry are granted privileges that never benefit the majority of constituents.

By now, Obama supporters should be highly skeptical of the President’s willingness to do everything in his power to offer affordable health care to average Americans.

This administration’s inability to break its relationship with special interest groups may be a good indicator of how spot on candidate Obama was when he promised he would not allow lobbyists to set the agenda in Washington once he became president. After all, K Street is not in the business of setting up agendas, it’s only following the government’s agenda: advancing ObamaCare whether Americans want it or not.

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