Players in Health Care Debate Spent Big on Lobbying in ’07-’08
The battle over health care reform in California helped fuel a big jump in lobbying spending during the 2007-2008 legislative session, Capitol Weekly reports.
Labor unions, business associations and other groups spent $558 million on lobbying in the 2007-2008 session, up from $504 million in the previous legislative session.
Several groups that played an active part in the health care reform debate were among the organizations that spent the most on lobbying in California.Â Groups in the Top 10 include:
- California State Council of Service Employees, $11 million;
- California Hospital Association, $6 million;
- California Chamber of Commerce, $5.6 million; and
- Anthem Blue Cross of California, $4.4 million.
The money went toward lobbying the Legislature and state agencies (York, Capital Weekly, 2/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.