JOHN SEXTON writes: I thought this was a good presentation by the House GOP which reminded me of the House of Commons a bit. They looked united, cheered one another on and gave a show of force. The speeches repeatedly mentioned the President’s promise about keeping your healthcare, something that will not in fact be true for millions of Americans. Also smart to start with someone other than Cantor or Boehner.
That’s the good stuff. On the other hand, I’m still not clear on the overall strategy. This is not going to get through the Senate. Harry Reid was pretty clear about that this week. And even if it somehow did, there’s still the inevitable veto from the President.
I guess the question is how does this play in 2014? It’s probably too early to say for certain. Obamacare really is unpopular and a the roll out really is a train wreck. Maybe this helps solidify that idea in the public’s mind? Anyway, it might make a nice symbolic moment for the GOP leading up to next year’s midterms even if nothing comes of it between now and then.
By Megan R. Wilson
ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside.
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 ObamaCare insider on their lobbying roster — putting them in a prime position to land coveted clients.
“When [Vice President] Biden leaned over [during healthcare signing] and said to [President] Obama, ‘This is a big f’n deal,’” said Ivan Adler, a headhunter at the McCormick Group, “he was right.”
Veterans of the healthcare push are now lobbying for corporate giants such as Delta Airlines, UPS, BP America and Coca-Cola, and for healthcare companies including GlaxoSmithKline, UnitedHealth Group and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Ultimately, the clients are after one thing: expert help in dealing with the most sweeping overhaul of the country’s healthcare system in decades.
Government subsidies often produce unintended consequences
The latest example comes from the New York Times, which reports that federal subsidizes to encourage doctors and hospitals to use electronic billing and recording records are leading to larger Medicare bills.
That means that taxpayers are taking a double hit even though policymakers claimed that electronic record-keeping would make health care delivery more efficient, and thus less costly…
More >> via Cato @ Liberty…