Obamacare Creators Raking in Dough as Lobbyists

Sunday, 25 Aug 2013 09:20 PM

By Greg Richter

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More than 30 former members of the Obama administration, members of Congress and their staffers who were part of forming the health care law are now making money for lobbying firms as the law is being implemented, The Hill reports.

"When (Vice President Joe) Biden leaned over (during healthcare signing) and said to (President) Obama, 'This is a big f'n deal,' he was right," headhunter Ivan Adler told The Hill.

Clients such as Delta Airlines, UPS, BP America and Coca-Cola are looking for help navigating the law, which keeps changing. Unless Republicans are successful at undoing major portions of Obamacare, the lobbyists are likely to have job security through 2020 as the new regulations continue rolling out.

Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., dealt with healthcare and tax issues when he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Today he works at Alston & Bird.

Dora Hughes, who served as senior counsel to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, works for the law firm Sidley Austin providing "strategic policy advice," since she is not a registered lobbyist and signed at ethics pledge not to lobby the administration.

Even Obama's White House is hiring help. Former Clinton administration policy expert and lobbyist Chris Jennings is navigating the current administration through the Affordable Care Act's implementation.

Jennings spent eight years in the Clinton White House and 10 years as a Senate aide focusing on health care.


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