a seat at the table

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“For many people in the industry, these contributions are a defensive measure. Health care is the No. 1 domestic policy issue, and they want access, a seat at the table.”
~ Phillip J. Blando, a political strategist who advises insurance and biotechnology companies

“As long as the candidates are willing to talk to us, we can educate them.”
~ Mary Nell Lehnhard, senior vice president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

source: NYT-10/28/07

"Are you telling me that we're gonna sit at a table and negotiate with those people? . . . Anybody who thinks that we don't have a fight in front of us is living in Never-Never Land."
~ John Edwards, on health care companies

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