Sep 28, 2009
Health Care Lobbying in US Congress
Health Care Reform continues to limp along in our nation's Capital. There are many voices and many opinions. Which ones will win out? The citizens may not be heard. The politicians working on the problem are embedded in a network of lobbyists who have as their clients various health care and insurance firms. [Click on the social network map for an expanded view].
Max Baucus is often viewed as the key node in the health care debate. Many firms are trying to access and influence Max. Max is the magenta-colored node in the middle of the network map. The lobbyists are the green nodes. Their clients [those who want to influence Max] are the blue nodes along the edges. The clients [blue nodes] who have hired multiple lobbyists get pulled in from the edge and toward the multiple lobbyists [green nodes].
Some sources are reporting that lobbyists are writing pieces of the proposed bill. Somehow I don't remember the chapter on lobbying in my American Government class -- must have been sick that week. [Can't afford to get sick now!]
We are looking at more lobbying data from LittleSis.org and OpenSecrets.org -- we thank them for their public data bases!