David Sirota (International Business Times)- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who is leading the push for an insurer-friendly alternative to Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal, has hired a Washington lobbying firm that represents insurers and other health care industry companies and groups opposed to single-payer health care. The firm was hired by Hickenlooper’s government office to lobby on health care after it helped bankroll the Democratic governor’s election campaign.
According to federal records reviewed by International Business Times, the Colorado governor’s office in March hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — a lobbying powerhouse whose lobbyist Doug Friednash became the governor’s chief of staff in 2015. The governor’s office has paid the firm at least $70,000 since March to lobby for Hickenlooper. The firm’s work for the governor has involved lobbying Congress, the Interior Department, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency on “issues related to federal spending and national service programs.” Brownstein Hyatt has also lobbied federal lawmakers on health care on behalf of Hickenlooper.
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