Read his words for yourself.
From Barack Obama’s New Hampshire Primary Speech January 8, 2008
"...Our new American majority can end the outrage of unaffordable, unavailable health care in our time. We can bring doctors and patients, workers and businesses, Democrats and Republicans together, and we can tell the drug and insurance industry that, while they get a seat at the table, they don't get to buy every chair, not this time, not now. ...."
While the crowed applauded we were appalled. Did they not hear what we heard Obama just say! He is going to give the "drug and insurance industry a seat at the table..."
Why is he going to give them a seat at the presumably regulatory table which will allow them the opportunity to buy even one chair?
Raise your hand if you want the Industry being regulated to be a Member of the Regulatory Agency regulating itself - I don't.
Example; I don't want lead in any children's toys. I don't want the manufacturers of children's toys which have lead in the toys, to have a seat at the table which in reality decides the fate of our children.
Certainly Corporations, Business, Consumers, Organizations, etc., have a place in the System.
That place is to offer opinions, provide Research, present their case and positions - at the Hearings - Presented To The Table - but Not Seated At The Table!
I have been told that my interpretation is not what he meant. I know that my interpretation is exactly what he meant because it has happened already when Obama was heading Legislation about Nuclear Leaks - unless the New York Times article is a distortion. (Nuclear Leaks New York Times By MIKE McINTIRE Published: February 3, 2008)