Meet Liz Fowler: Architect of ObamaCare Jumps Ship To Johnson & Johnson

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Via Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Following the passage of ObamaCare, several of the smartest people I know claimed that the bill was actually written by and for the drug and insurance companies rather than “the people” as Obama had claimed.  My friend and orthopedic surgeon Dave Janda wrote an excellent piece that I published titled: Thoughts on Obamacare from a Surgeon and Friend.

In recent days it has emerged that Liz Fowler, who is said to have been one of the key architects of ObamaCare, is doing what any good revolving door crony capitalist would do.  She is moving to the private sector to receive her payoff.  Trudy Lieberman of the Columbia Journal Review explains that:

Herewith is a brief Fowler curriculum vitae: In 2001 she had a plum job as chief counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, which deals with healthcare bills. As Greenwald’s old Salon post notes, her biography says she “played a key role” in the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law that created a new senior drug benefit—a benefit provided via private insurers, not the government, as is the case for other Medicare benefits. A few years later she landed a position at WellPoint as a vice president overseeing the giant insurer’s lobbying activities.


Fowler then returned to Senate Finance in 2008 to work for Sen. Max Baucus, who chaired the committee, which was becoming Action Central for health reform. Fowler and Baucus pretty much wrote the bill that became Obamacare—and which, we should note, did not include a proposed “public option,” which was popular with ordinary people but not the insurance companies that lobbied hard to make sure it was out of the mix.


Then this week Politico’s Dave Levinthal and Anna Palmer had a scoop: Fowler is returning to the private world, this time to a senior level position leading global health policy at Johnson & Johnson’s government affairs and policy group.

Revolving door on Wall Street.  Check.  Revolving door at the Pentagon.  Check.  Revolving door in Healthcare.  Check mate.  Welcome to America.  Check your freedom at the door.

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NotApplicable's picture

Worse yet, she is just one of thousands of replaceable cogs.

Like roaches, there's never just one.

CH1's picture

She's one of an entire class of people trying to get inside the government beast: Sucking up to power, getting a nice slot somewhere in the power complex. Steering their children into allied carreers.

Call it fascism.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Naw, I think she just likes one johnson after another.

Almost Solvent's picture

If Obamacare = socialism/fascism/communism

Then health insurance companies = government?

francis_sawyer's picture

Be kind people... I'm sure it 'looked' like a huge opportunity to her...


Earl of Chiswick's picture

And Chris Dodd is President of the Motion Picture Assoc for a cool 1.5m . yr


rumor has it he rented movies on occasion so therefore had the necessary qualifications

NotApplicable's picture

That org always chooses the biggest douche available it seems.

AldousHuxley's picture

folks, bills are always written by lobbysts.


politicians are just PR spokesperson for a group of lobbysts.


It is one lobbyst VS another lobbyst both represented by a politician who argues that one group has people's interest over another.


hospital lobbyst VS drug companies.  health insurance VS AMA. nurses union VS medical equipment manufactures....


"people" are the only ones left of the fight as they are only good for paying the taxes.


in every country, in every generation, that's always been the case. watch decade old movies like mr. smith goes to washington and voters have the same complaints because the game is the same.


this is like saying multimillion dollar baseball player saying he does it for the love of fans and the game.


take it as feel good bullshit, then things will make sense. better to see who is the likely winner and bet your money in their stock.


johnson and johnson wants to give welfare to the poor so they can jack up prices of bandaids to equal the welfare increase. poor never get ahead. J&J family get richer with tax payer subsidies.


True medical reform will introduce competition in medical services and get rid of tax incentives for medical products.


we see the same in college costs, housing, etc. Flood the market with goods and services and prices will drop.


economics9698's picture

Exactly why legislation needs to be restricted to fraud and misrepresentation. 

mjcOH1's picture

"And Chris Dodd is President of the Motion Picture Assoc for a cool 1.5m . yr

rumor has it he rented movies on occasion so therefore had the necessary qualifications"


He played a Senator for 30 years.  
As for the $1.5m per year....if that's what it took to hire him away consider it a small price to pay.

TwoShortPlanks's picture

She's not wealthy enough to survive a collapse.

rajat_bhatia's picture

Lets call Lobbying by its real name! CORRUPTION (legalized though :)))

Richard Chesler's picture

The name is Puppet. Barry Puppet.


macholatte's picture


 Fowler and Baucus pretty much wrote the bill that became Obamacare


Obamacare was written by the Center for American Progress. Little happens in the O Admin without Podestra's finger prints on it.  Exactly who the people were who comprised the team that authored it is unkown. It's questionable Baucus even read the bill let alone wrote it. That claim is pure unadulterated nonsense. As for Fowler, probably just another front for CAP. 


machineh's picture

Baucus was also behind FATCA, which makes it near impossible for Americans to obtain financial services overseas.


Bob's picture

Wheeler similarly highlighted the revolving door aspects of who was behind the legislation at the time. Glenn Greenwald just wrote the piece “Obamacare Architect leaves White House for Pharmaceutical Industry Job,” noting “Few people embody the corporatist revolving door greasing Washington as purely as Elizabeth Fowler. … When the legislation that became known as ‘Obamacare’ was first drafted, the key legislator was the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, whose committee took the lead in drafting the legislation. As Baucus himself repeatedly boasted, the architect of that legislation was Elizabeth Folwer, his chief health policy counsel; indeed, as Marcy Wheeler discovered, it was Fowler who actually drafted . . .

Cosimo de Medici's picture

The point is that with re-election always looming, the average Congressperson simply doesn't have the time to write bills or even know what laws to pass.  Lobbying, more appropriately called "outsourcing", increases efficiency, takes the burden off of House and Senate Staffers already overworked setting up international boondoggles, fund raisers, and baby-kissing photo-ops---not to mention discreet liaisons with paramours, interns and pages.  And come on, admit it:  who actually thinks Maxine Waters could write a complete paragraph?



Clashfan's picture

Interesting. You're not busy today denying 911 truth or threatening to report other chatters to DHS? Must be a good day, then?

sgt_doom's picture

And Chris Dodd is the descendant of the attorney, Dodd, who worked for Rockefeller establishing all those holding companies to shift their ownership over to after the "breakup" of their money/monopoly trusts.

Clashfan's picture

Not to mention CD got his come-uppance by helping JFK's killers stay out of the spotlight during the days of the HSCA.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Health insurance? Really?! The whole idea of health Insurance is a fucking joke! On a long enough timeline...

AldousHuxley's picture

it is spreading of individual risk to the group so that you can survive to do another day of work for the elites.


doctors know that they don't "save lives". they just delay the inevitable.

however, stupid people turned them into gods and over pay for services in US instead of putting money where it really counts...medical technology and drugs.




economics9698's picture

If we had a free market doctors would not be overpaid. 

Cosimo de Medici's picture

Unlike, say, Government Contractors, right?  Oh I know, I know.  It is the likes of YOU, and not physicians, who provide the real essential service.

Go Tribe's picture

You can't spread risk to the group any more than you can socialize toxic loans. It just doesn't work, sounds great, just doesn't work. There is no such thing as "group insurance".

rwe2late's picture

The whole idea of health Insurance is a fucking joke!

Really??! The whole idea??

There are uncommon illnesses and accidents which are curable/treatable, but would be too expensive for most individuals to pay for treatment.

What is a joke is the for-profit health insurance industry which functions along with big pharma only to profit by the misery created by nutritionless foods, polluted environments, debilitating jobs, and the disabilities resulting from the endless wars for control of resources, drugs, and finances.

just as for-profit prisons aim to increase incarceration rates

for-profit war merchants promote wars, etc.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Hmm if things were to expensive for people to pay for then I guess they would have to come down in price as to be affordable.

rwe2late's picture

 or not be offered except to the wealthy

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Which might expedite revolution.

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

Am I to understand that you work for free, without pay, and only charge expenses for your time and service?

I've worked within medicine since I was 18 years old in both clinical, supervisory, and administrative roles. There are three problems to blame all of the industry's ills upon--regulation, subsidy, and barriers to entry. Concisely, Government.

rwe2late's picture



 The regulations, subsidies, and barriers (monopolies) you decry are all based on regulations and laws written and lobbied for by the industries who benefit from them, and legislated by politicians promoted and rewarded by those same industries.  An unvirtuous self-serving alliance.

daxtonbrown's picture

Why call her a crony capitalist when she is even worse, a crony socialist!

sgt_doom's picture

Health insurance has everything to do with the banksters, little to actually to do with the Wall Street-controlled gov't lackeys --- you will are uneducated, sonny?

An excellent breakdown by Nomi Prins here:

Great blog post, and so many of us kept calling out Liz Fowler and all those "waivers" she was writing over at HHS after the passage of that health insurance "reform" legislation --- the backdoor bailout for the health insurance companies, subsidiaries of the banksters, which will aid in the demise of small business and public education (yup, public education, read the details of that legislation, my brothers and sisters), while doing nothing to address the rising costs of healthcare, and establishing those gov't-paid for exchanges, which can then be "leveraged" for a further class of credit derivatives, mortality derivatives, JPMorgan Chase's q-Forwards, etc.

Clashfan's picture

Another great link, Sarge. You just keep rockin'.

CH1's picture

My very real idea for 2013: shunning.

May I suggest that you start in your own back yard: Shunning the engineers who are building the electronic police state.

e2thex's picture

from WIKI Medicare Part D

"Former Congressman Billy Tauzin, R-La., who steered the bill through the House, retired soon after and took a $2 million a year job as president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the main industry lobbying group. Medicare boss Thomas Scully, who threatened to fire Medicare Chief Actuary Richard Foster if he reported how much the bill would actually cost, was negotiating for a new job as a pharmaceutical lobbyist as the bill was working through Congress.[29][30] A total of 14 congressional aides quit their jobs to work for the drug and medical lobbies immediately after the bill's passage."


AldousHuxley's picture

in government jobs you get paid after you leave in pensions, tit-for-tat deals, etc.


Eireann go Brach's picture

Me love you long time mr Pwezident!

AnonymousAnarchist's picture

Also see Greenwald's analysis...

"This is precisely the behavior which, quite rationally, makes the citizenry so jaded about Washington. It's what ensures that the interests of the same permanent power factions are served regardless of election outcomes. It's what makes a complete mockery out claims of democracy. And it's what demonstrates that corporatism and oligarchy are the dominant forms of government in the US."


Freddie's picture

Who became a big shareholder in JNJ over a year ago?  Warner Buffert. 

Crtrvlt's picture

Held jnj for way longer than a year and are almost out of the position anyway

AldousHuxley's picture

we are to blame for a society that lets certain people get rich.