Healthcare lobbyists: 6 for each member of Congress
Every one of those 534 members of Congress now has six (6!) lobbyists working on them -- and that's just for healthcare.
A total of 3,300 lobbyists have registered to drive the sizzling healthcare issue in Washington -- three times the brigade of lobbyists representing the entire defense industry.
And three more healthcare lobbyists join the ongoing fray every day.
They reported spending more than $234 million massaging and informing and persuading those legislators during the first six months of this year, way more than a million bucks a day, seven days a week.
So, whatever your side, who do you suppose will still be standing -- and talking -- when the congressional recess is over and the elected representatives return to their safe homes inside the Beltway?