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February 20, 2017
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Arianna Huffington: The Senate Health Care Bill: Leave No Special Interest Behind

There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt. The desperate need to draw a line in the sand against the continued domination of our democracy -- and the continued undermining of the public interest -- by special interests. From start to finish, the insurance and drug industries -- and their army of lobbyists -- had control over the process that resulted in a bill that is reform in name only. A new study found that 179 former congressmen and Congressional staffers were actively engaged in lobbying their former colleagues on the bill. The companies they were working for spent $635 million on lobbying. It was money extremely well spent.

 

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