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Lobbyists Are Health Reform Winners
Health Leaders Media

As the dust settles on the great healthcare reform debate, a new analysis shows that the clear winners are the armies of healthcare lobbyists from all sides of the debate who led a stampede on the Capitol and raked in record amounts of cash in 2009 to influence the legislation.

The analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, Washington Lobbying Giants Cash in on Health Reform Debate, estimates that about 1,750 businesses and organizations hired about 4,525 lobbyists—eight lobbyists for each member of Congress—and spent at least $1.2 billion to influence healthcare bills and other issues, according to a CPI analysis of disclosure documents that included “health reform” or similar wording.