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Republicans Likely to Target Individual Mandate, but Results Uncertain, Panel Says

BNA

Dean Rosen, a partner at the lobbying group Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and former health care adviser to then-Senate Majority leader William H. Frist (R-Tenn.), said he does not think such a scenario would necessarily be problematic for Republicans, though, if they are serious about blocking the law and trying a different approach.  “I’m not sure there’s the huge political risk, except to the extent that it may raise costs under the current structure – but they don’t buy into the current structure,” he said.

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No Safe Harbor: The new House will take aim at the health care law. But it’s hardly clear the Senate can protect it.———————————-

National Journal

By Matthew Dobias

“The Senate Finance Committee may not be a graveyard, but it is a place to be avoided,” said Dean Rosen, a partner with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and the health care advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. “Or it might be a place where things go for a hearing but never go beyond that.”

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What Does a GOP-Controlled House mean for Health Care Reform?

PBS NEWSHOUR

By Lea Winerman

Republicans hope that the congressional hearings they’ll convene will “keep alive in minds of American people that this is a raw deal,” says Dean Rosen, the former chief health care advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Williams Frist, R-Tenn. “Because this really becomes about what happens after 2012, when the Republicans hope they can take over the Senate and Presidency.”

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Republicans Look Likely to Win Control of House

MedPage Today

By Emily P. Walker - Washington Correspondent

“It sure seems like Republicans have a good shot at taking the House, looks like they’ll come close, but not quite take the Senate,” predicted Dean Rosen, the former lead health advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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Moderate Republican Who Voted “Yes” on Climate Law Is Brought Down in Delaware

SolveClimate News

By Elizabeth McGowan

“Whether enough tea party candidates will be elected in November and form a significant voting bloc that can away climate or energy is the $64,000 question,” said Jon Hoganson, a former House staffer who is now a principal with the Washington lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. “Right now, the Republican’s feel…”

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Business groups praise export plan, but want more

Phoenix Business Journal

By Kent Hoover

“To double our exports, U.S. companies need worldwide operations and supply chains that span the globe,” said Bruce Mehlman, the council’s executive director. “Tax policies that increase the burden on U.S. companies’ global operations make American workers less competitive and undermine export-led economic recovery.”

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Elects Stacey Rampy

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

By Jill Talley

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) has elected Stacey Rampy, principal with Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc., to its Board of Directors.

“Stacey’s substantive knowledge of health care issues and considerable public policy experience will help SCAA expand its legislative presence as we continue to raise awareness, create safer and healthier communities and work to eliminate unnecessary deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.” said Rober J. Schriever, chairman of SCAA’s board of directors.

As a principal at one of Washington, D.C.’s most highly regarded government affairs firms, Rampy builds bipartisan coalitions to enact or shape legislation, develop policy and provide regulatroy and strategic advice…

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Firms offer Tasty Morsels to Blue Dogs’ Top Aides

Roll Call

By Anna Palmer

“Any effective lobbying organization needs to have ties with the Blue Dogs because any time a deal I cut on any federal spending bill you can be assured the Blue Dogs are going to be right in the middle of the debate,” said Kelly Bingel of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. Bingel served as chief of staff for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.)

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Lobbyists Circling Lincoln, Harkin

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

“We have had several different folks reach out to us,” Bingel said, noting that last week the firm was retained by the International Dairy Food Association. “In the business we’re in, you always want to grow your business.”

The ag lobbying world, she noted, has often been viewed as predominantly male. The rise of Lincoln, the first woman to head the panel, may change that. “While it’s typically been an area dominated by older white males, and typically Republicans, there might be some room for some expansion there,” she said.

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Obama’s Speech Leaves Room For Snowe’s Compromise To Putt Off Public Option

KHN: Kaiser Health News

By Eric Pianin and Mary Agnes Carery

“Creating a trigger could cause problems in the marketplace, said Dean A. Rosen, who was a chief health care advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

I worry that once you have that mechanism in place it could be triggered by the government or by Congress in the future by lower criteria or different criteria.,” he said. “What happens once the government comes in after a certain number of years? If it went away how would it go away? If it went away would that be disruptive to coverage?”

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Health debate

World Magazine

But such bills will die in the current Congress. And, despite recent roadblocks, Dean Rosen, a former Republican healthcare advisor, believes that the chances of Democrats passing some type of healthcare legislation are still good. “Failure is not an option given how far out the president and congressional leaders have gone,” he said.

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