Why is a private group of lobbyists and special interest groups meeting to discuss the uninsured?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Why is a private group of lobbyists and special interest groups meeting to discuss the uninsured?
 


30 May 2005 at 9:48:10 PM
salon

Why isn't Congress, with plenty of representation from the populace, considering the options instead of a group that isn't elected by us to do that job? Congress needs to quit debating irrelevant issues and do their job, instead of secret groups with their own axe to grind.

WASHINGTON, May 28 - At a time when Congress has been torn by partisan battles, 24 ideologically disparate leaders representing the health care industry, corporations and unions, and conservative and liberal groups have been meeting secretly for months to seek a consensus on proposals to provide coverage for the growing number of people with no health insurance.

The participants, ranging from the liberal Families USA to the conservative Heritage Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce, said they had made progress in trying to overcome the ideological impasse that has stymied action on the problem for eight years.

The group's overarching goal is to agree, by the end of this year, on proposals that expand coverage to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. By meeting in secret, the group has tried to shield itself from political pressures. Some of the proposals under discussion could lead to increases in federal spending or regulation, at a time when the government already faces large deficits and Republicans generally oppose further expansion of government.


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