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Obama appointee who crafted health-care bill now a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood

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Liz Engel was a health-care policy advisor for the Democratic Policy Committee in the Senate for two years. After Obama's election, she joined the transition team to serve on the "health care policy working group" headed by Tom Daschle.

Then she was appointed deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services, where, one can imagine, she played a central role in crafting the health-care reform bill. The bill, you'll remember, creates all sorts of subsidies and regulations for providers and insurers, and it also gives unprecedented power to HHS, while leaving thousands of implementation details up to HHS officials.

Today, Engel is a managing director at the government affairs practice of lobbying firm Glover Park Group, where she's a lobbyist in their health practice. Her first two clients: Planned Parenthood, and a non-profit hospital chain called Presbyterian Health Services.

You may remember Democrats fought tooth and nail to make sure the bill's subsidies would cover abortion. Planned Parenthood aborts 1,000 babies a day. Her lobbying registration says she's representing the abortion provider on "Matters relating to Health Reform."

Some highlights from the lobbying firm's announcement, in March, of Engel's hire:

Engel will join GPG’s Health + Wellness practice, which provides clients with integrated support, including government relations, public affairs, opinion research, marketing and advertising....

In her most recent role, Engel served as the liaison between HHS and Members of Congress regarding Medicare, Medicaid and other critical issues related to health reform. She worked closely with key White House officials and the leadership of other agencies to advance policy priorities.

Engel joins a long line of health-care "reform" authors who then turned their "reform" experience into riches on K Street. Others include:

We're tracking many of the congressional aides here, at The Great Healthcare Cashout.

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