ObamaCare makes more lobbyists 

Peter Suderman at Reason explains how ObamaCare is a stimulus for health-care lobbyists:

These days, though, much of the action on the health care front is moving to the states, which, thanks to the PPACA’s network of state-based health insurance exchanges, are responsible for managing a significant amount of the law’s implementation. And that means that the lobbying money is moving to the state level too. In Virginia, for example, health care companies are already spending more on lobbying than any other industry….

Now that states will basically dictate the business model of insurers — even more than they already do — lobbying is the whole game. That’s why Obama’s two stated goals of (a) increasing government control over the economy, and (b) reducing the influence of Washington are self-contradictory. You can guess which one is winning.

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