Tuesday, June 02, 2009

GE: Gimme-The-Money-magination

You can't fault GE's chairman for not trying.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., may be the most important single lawmaker when it comes to healthcare reform. He chairs the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over many aspects of health care reform, which President Obama is pushing for hard.

This all makes it noteworthy that his former chief of staff, David Castagnetti, has been hired by GE Healthcare this Spring to lobby on "Health care reform issues ... including reimbursement for imaging services," according to a federal lobbying filing posted last week. Castagnetti is a partner with the firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

To even things up, Colette Desmarais, the health policy advisor to top Finance Committee Republican Chuck Grassley, is also on the account

This will all be settled with the National Interests in mind, of course.

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