Key legislators cozy with health industry

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Reporters Larry Margasak and Sharon Theimer of the Associated Press explored close ties between senators poised to make key decisions on health care and the industry they are looking to reform.

Representatives or their family members serve on industry boards, receive industry stock options and hold health care stock. Paul Kane of the Washington Post found that, together, 30 lawmakers owned $11 million in such stock.

From the AP report:

Members of both parties have industry connections, including Democrats Jay Rockefeller and Tom Harkin, in addition to [Chris] Dodd, and Republicans Tom Coburn, Judd Gregg, John Kyl and Orrin Hatch, financial reports showed Friday.

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