In the next few months we’re going to find out how much money the big interest groups and big companies spent to lobby Congress on health care. I’m not going to talk about whether health care is a good idea or not – I’m not looking for a fight. I’m here to talk about process.
You saw glimmers of the sausage being made throughout the health care debate. Hospitals in rural states with powerful Senators were going to get more money in reimbursements. Other processes were designed to help urban areas with powerful House members. The companies, worried about the limits health care reform may place on their ability to charge for their services, poured money into campaign contributions and issue ads.
But in the end, the bill passed. It doesn’t look much like the bill Congressional Democrats and President Obama started with a year ago, but it’s a bill. And it’s absolutely full of little loopholes, tweaks, and sops to the people in power.
Again, I’m not here to argue whether that’s good or bad. I’m here to tell you that’s how it is. And that’s why you need us.
The American system of government is far from perfect, but it’s the most perfect system we’ve been able to come up with. It’s worked pretty well through the last three centuries. It’s survived scandals, corruption, hot and Cold wars, and philandering. Literally thousands of people have been Congressmen and Congresswomen. There have been hundreds of Senators.
Growing up around this perpetual motion machine is a set of rules, regulations, and procedures which are, unfortunately, incomprehensible to an American outside the beltway doing what this country needs them to do: their jobs. They’re too busy making things or providing vital services to worry about how to get cloture or what’s going on in the second markup.
The trick is figuring out a way to make the system work for you. That’s what we’re here for. We are experts in what makes Washington tick.
Whether you like it or not, Washington is trying to do things for and against you. They’re not all going to be huge bills like health care (thankfully), but minor amendments can have massive effects. We spend our time keeping up with it so you don’t have to.
But some of you like to peer behind the curtain. That’s what this blog is for. Here we’ll write about the things making the rounds on the Hill and how it might affect you. We’re warning you now – it may be a little bit of inside baseball. But if you want to know, we’ll keep you in the loop, even if you’re three thousand miles from the Beltway.
So keep an eye on this space. It’s open for everyone and we’re going to try to keep it general interest. Want to know more about a specific topic? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org And once you’ve learned enough, we’re guessing you’re going to want to know how you can get in on the action. That’s when you call us to talk about your goals and see if we can help you.
In the meantime, sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the show. Let us, and the rest of Washington, entertain you. Just remember, this isn’t just political theatre – it’s politics.
Paul M. Kanitra, President