The Power Brokers Behind Health Care Repeal Legislation

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

Ever wonder how legislation to repeal the health care individual insurance mandate started springing up in states across the country? Jesse Zwick takes a look behind the scenes and investigates the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative 501(c)(3) nonprofit that brings together state legislators and representatives of major industries to craft “model legislation.” ALEC’s model “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act” has been introduced in 38 states and enacted in six — which raises the question of how, exactly, the group has managed to wield so much power without attracting much notice.

The story begins with a single doctor in Arizona, and expands to include the most powerful players in the pharmaceutical industry. Give it a read here.

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