Opening Act: Howard Dean for Sale

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July 30 2013 8:24 AM

Opening Act: Howard Dean for Sale

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For some reason, pharma lobbyists think it's better for them to obviously goad politicians into endorsing their position than to just state their position. The result: columns the one Howard Dean published yesterday, insisting that IPAB won't work. Jonathan Cohn smacks his head.

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Since his career in politics ended, Dean has found a home in the K Street establishment he once held in such disdain. He’s a strategic adviser to McKenna, Long, and Aldridge, a major Washington lobbying firm whose clients have included health care and pharmaceutical companies. Dean has never registered as a lobbyist, as far as I know, but the distinction is largely illusory. In 2009, one CEO told the publication BioCentury that Dean was “very helpful” in their efforts to loosen federal regulations on drug development.” Another said that “Dean has been a great addition to our team.” It looks like he still is.
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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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