Congressional Staffers Attended Luxury Retreat Hosted By Lobbyist Focused On Dismantling Medicare For All

Center Forward side stepped rules of ethics to put together the event.

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| May 13 2019,

8:56 pm

Nearly four dozen senior congressional staffers attended a retreat at Salamander Resort & Spa, funded by the group Center Forward,  to connect staffers to health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All.

The group Center Forward boasts many policy positions it holds as the way to break partisan gridlock. Their plan on health care includes maintaining the provision that bars the government from negotiating for lower prices on prescription drugs — such provisions that cost taxpayers and patients an estimated $73 billion per year.

"This event wasn’t about fixing the health care system. It was about protecting the health care industry, no matter the cost to patients, families, workers, or employers,” said Wendell Potter, president of Business Initiative for Health Policy. “The industry is the root cause of our health care crisis. A congressional staffer serious about finding solutions wouldn’t touch that retreat with a 10-foot pole."

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