Wabash Blogs Immersion 2008: Washington D.C.

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Padgitt Goes to Washington

George Padgitt '09 - Our third day in Washington, D.C. provided a really interesting insight into the differing views involved in the health care policy making process. We talked to three people today, all with different roles and interests.
          Our first meeting of the day was with Jesse Price, a lobbyist for Eli Lilly. He gave us a cool look into the corporate aspect of healthcare, which we have not really seen yet. Then we talked to Senator Bayh's Health aide who provided further insight into the legislative aspect of health policy. And finally we talked with Susan Herald from Consumer Union, which represents consumer interests in health policy. Because all of the three players are so different it was a good opportunity to see how the different groups interact. It also showed how complicated the whole process can be. The meeting with Mr. Price from Lilly was especially cool because Lilly is an Indiana company. It was interesting to see how a home town company operates in Washington.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

First Picture:  George Padgitt '09 asking about Jesse Price about lobbying in DC.

Second Picture:  Lobbyist Jesse Price explains the lobbying profession and pharmaceutical policy to Wabash students.