The Myth of Lobbyists discussion

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Part I: Lobbyists have been part of the U.S. Government system since the early 1800s. Lobbyists play an important role in healthcare, as they are advocates for their interest group. In a 4-5 page paper, analyze two examples of how lobbyists affect healthcare legislation. Conclude your paper with your opinion about whether the actions of lobbyists have a positive or negative effect on healthcare legislation in the United States. Please keep in mind the position and facility you selected. Make sure to include the following:

  1. Discuss the specific interest of the lobbyist in each example.
  2. Discuss in detail some of the ethical issues and moral disputes for each example.
  3. Discuss your position on whether the lobbyists' actions are positive or negative on healthcare legislation in the United States and support your points with details.
  4. This portion of your assignment will require you to research and examine information from various sources. Use a minimum of five credible sources for your paper, with three being an academic source from the Rasmussen College Online Library (don't forget to include in-text citations throughout your paper with paraphrasing or quoting)
  5. Make sure to include your APA formatted reference page.

Part II: An agenda can set the tone for a meeting. It's an important tool to ensure meetings are staying on track and meeting all of the objectives. Create a detailed meeting agenda for a meeting you will hold with your supervisor and fellow department heads discussing your findings (Hint: Microsoft Word has many agenda templates). SkillSurfer in the online tutoring platform offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials on Microsoft Office products. Make sure to include the following in our agenda:

  1. Explain each example
  2. The majority of the agenda should be focused on whether the actions of lobbyists have a positive or negative effect on healthcare legislation in the United States.

Make sure to use audience specific language and tone in your agenda. Remember, your supervisor and other department heads will be in attendance. Also, make sure to follow proper agenda/business formatting guidelines and make sure document is professional in appearance.

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A healthcare lobbyist is public relations personnel who negotiates with legislators and
persuades them to consider creating and supporting specific policies in healthcare. In the United
States, particular interests usually hire professional staff such as the lawyers to stand on their
behalf to argue for specific legislation in Congress. In most cases, members of the public and the
press consider lobbying as a form of extortion of bribery, and hence the practice has been very
controversial. The same method is subject to many regulations and complex rules which can
easily lead to imprisonment when violated, but the court rulings have given constitutional
protection to free speech as a way of negotiating with the government over specific issues. The
activity has been in practice since the 1970s and has grown in the US in terms of the size of
lobbying budget and the number of lobbyists. This paper will focus on lobbying in perspective
two specific examples, shedding light on their interests, ethical issues and the nature of the
petitions; whether positive or negative. Generally, medical lobbying is a necessary practice
ensuring proper healthcare in the United States, considering its positive effects.
There exist a large number of examples of lobbying activity ongoing in the United States,
and consequently, lobbying firms are many. Aronson et al. (2016) state that there are more than
1750 organizations and firms in the United States have employed nearly 4500 lobbyists, with
eight of them for each member of Congress. Their goal has been to push for health reforms bills
in the process of legislation. Healthcare centers amount up to 207 hospitals all of them pursuing
health interests.
Lobbying, in general, has strongly influenced a number of reforms in the US government
regarding healthcare. Aronson et al...

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