posted on Jan, 17 2016 @ 11:10 AM
originally posted by: Edumakated
Why don't we take the reigns off the insurance industry so there can be some actual competition to drive prices down so people can afford it and
decouple it from employers so people can shop around?
The first step would be to get Pharma and Big Insurance out of our government.
It used to be Big Business wanted government out of their business, but now they are going to government to see what it can do for them. Big Business
is not showering records amount of money on politicians to be kind.
How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy
Business didn't always have so much power in Washington.
Today, the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on
lobbying by labor unions and public-interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that
spend the most on lobbying, 95 consistently represent business.
Things are quite different today. The evolution of business lobbying from a sparse reactive force into a ubiquitous and increasingly proactive one is
among the most important transformations in American politics over the last 40 years. Probing the history of this transformation reveals that there
is no “normal” level of business lobbying in American democracy. Rather, business lobbying has built itself up over time, and the self-reinforcing
quality of corporate lobbying has increasingly come to overwhelm every other potentially countervailing force. It has also fundamentally changed
how corporations interact with government—rather than trying to keep government out of its business (as they did for a long time), companies are now
increasingly bringing government in as a partner, looking to see what the country can do for them.