It’s a big couple of weeks for the Affordable Care Act. The law, sometimes known as “Obamacare,” turned two years old today, and next week, its constitutionality will be considered by the Supreme Court.
In many respects, the mega-case — a compilation of six separate cases that have been wending through the judicial system — represents the latest development in the continuous effort by powerful interests to influence the health care law by petitioning Congress, regulators and the courts. Of the more than 130 parties that filed briefs, some are familiar faces: at least 16 show up on a list Open Secrets compiled of organizations that disclosed lobbying on the health care legislation.
Sunlight has an interesting list of those who spent millions lobbying in support of the health care law, among them the AFL-CIO, AARP, the American Cancer Society, and the Service Employees International Union. Against the law? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Family Research Council.
See Sunlight’s full list (with more information on the amount spent lobbying) at its reporting blog.