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Obama hires insurance lobbyist to implement “reform”

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney

The Billings Gazette reports:

Liz Fowler, a key staffer for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus who helped draft the federal health reform bill enacted in March, is joining the Obama administration to help implement the new law.

Fowler, however, is one of those revolving door types Obama supposedly hated:

Fowler headed up a team of 20-some Senate Finance Committee staffers who helped draft the bill in the Senate. She was Baucus’ top health care aide from 2001-2005 and left that job in 2006 to become an executive at WellPoint, the nation’s largest private insurer.

She was vice president of public policy at WellPoint, helping develop public-policy positions for the company. In 2008, she rejoined Baucus to work on health reform legislation.

She was not a registered lobbyist, but as a VP of public policy, she was what I call a “non-lobbyist-lobbyist.”[h/t Glenn Greenwald]

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