2009-03-17

Readings: Non-Governmental Politics / Civic Think Tank

This chapter talks about an organization in D.C. called Public Citizen's Health Research Group that lobbies and pushes for legislation on The Hill. They advocate consumer rights via their expertise. The overarching goals are to change larger structures that promote ill industries instead of just changing one or two corporations. Because they work to change regulations, their work is largely non-partisan.

I am very interested in advocacy and lobbying groups in Washington, where private and public interests meet. How is one lobbying group able to speak on the behalf of an entire consumer base? What are the most effective methods of lobbying for health care issues this year, as we are probably going to see a change in the overall structure of the system?

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