Health care reform puts insurance industry first

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by Bob Fischer, Bandon
Register-Guard, Local Opinion,  September, 9th, 2013

You know what to expect from the Affordable Care Act the moment you realize where it came from and who designed it.

In 2008, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, took the lead in drafting the ACA. The legislation was written in Baucus’ committee, and the senator liked to boast that the architect of the legislation was his chief health counsel, Liz Fowler. This was the second time that Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., had worked for Baucus on health care finance legislation.

In 2003, during her first stint in the Finance Committee, Fowler played a major role in the development of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act.

In 2006, Fowler left the Finance Committee to take the position of vice president of public policy and external affairs at WellPoint Inc., the nation’s largest health insurance corporation.

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected president on a campaign platform that promised sweeping health care reform, and that same year WellPoint Vice President Fowler returned to the Senate to work on health policy for Baucus.