232. This by Krugamn is just terrific
August 31, 2009 § Leave a comment
On the difficult task of overcoming the corpoations and the lobbyists..
We tend to think of … a huge army of lobbyists permanently camped in the corridors of power, with corporations prepared to unleash misleading ads and organize fake grass-roots protests against any legislation that threatens their bottom line, as the way it always was. But our corporate-cash-dominated system is a relatively recent creation, dating mainly from the late 1970s.And now that this system exists, reform of any kind has become extremely difficult. That’s especially true for health care… The health insurance industry … has become a political behemoth, one that is currently spending $1.4 million a day lobbying Congress. .
via Economists View.