EXPOSED: Swamp Creature Santorum Stands to Make MASSIVE PROFITS From Health Care Ring By Leading FAKE REPEAL

Though he is no longer working in the Senate, nor a registered lobbyist, the Graham-Cassidy bill was crafted, at least in part, by Rick Santorum — who records show has a close financial relationship with the healthcare industry.

Prior to his presidential bid, Santorum served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. He is currently a contributor at CNN and a board member at Pathway Healthcare. He also appears to be a board member of Universal Health Group, where he made $395,000 prior to 2012 in director’s fees and stock options. The company provided major political support for Santorum, with company CEO Alan B. Miller being one of his largest contributors during his time in Senate and as a presidential candidate.

Though he is no longer a senator, Santorum has been hanging around the Capitol in meetings and on the floor with current members, acting in what Senate sources have described as an “informal” lobbying position for the Graham-Cassidy bill. According to the former senator, he was on the hill having his hair cut in the Capitol barbershop when he ran into Graham and offered his ideas for a new healthcare bill. This eventually lead to the duo working together on the proposal.

Asked by Politico reporter Burgess Everett if he is now a “53rd Republican senator,” Santorum responded saying, “I wish… we wouldn’t have to be scrambling for votes right now. I’m a glorified staffer.”

In response, Doug Stafford, Rand Paul’s chief strategist tweeted, “You’re not a glorified anything. Not a staffer – you’re a guy who lost by 20 points hanging around like it’s your old high school.”

In 2012, records show that the healthcare industry was heavily funding Santorum’s presidential campaign. He raised $21,000 from top executives of BlueCross just in South Carolina.

According to a report from Think Progress, “the industry has returned the favor by donating some $3 million dollars to his Congressional campaigns and rewarding him with consultant and lobbying jobs in his post-Congressional career.”

When asked that same year by Laura Ingraham about his conflict of interest with the healthcare industry given his lobbying, Santorum responded by stating that he needs to work.

“I was on the board of a public company that because of my work on health care,” Santorum told Ingraham. “I’m very proud of that work, I’m very proud of the company. You know, I have to work!”

Listen to the interview here:

As questions about his funding came to light, Bill Allison, editorial director for the watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation referred to Santorum as a “stealth lobbyist” as he has been working for clients to influence policy and be paid just under the threshold that would require him to register his lobbying efforts.

“He has been, essentially, a stealth lobbyist,” Allison told CBS. “He has been hired to try to influence policy on behalf of his clients without crossing the thresholds that would require him to report what he’s doing.”

CBS added in their report:

“The work has been lucrative — in 1996 he reported assets ranging from $155,000 to $475,000 on the personal financial disclosure form he filed with the Senate. The report he filed in August 2011 as he began his presidential bid show his assets are now valued between $1.9 million and $4 million, including rental properties and robust investment and college savings funds.”

After Senator Rand Paul came out in strong opposition to Graham-Cassidy, calling it “Amnesty for ObamaCare,” Santorum penned an op-ed for CNN slamming his claims.

Senator Paul, a career physician, has been a vocal opponent of Graham/Cassidy bill in favor of a full repeal. He has to lead the fight against plans in both houses of Congress, referring to the proposals as “ObamaCare Lite” and demanding more significant changes.

“These have been plans that have spent nearly as much money as ObamaCare, that left most of the taxes and regulations in place, and basically failed to honor our promise of repeal,” the Kentucky senator wrote in an op-ed for Fox News.

The problem with Santorum’s actions, a Senate source presented to Gateway Pundit, is that nobody knows who or what he is working for because he has not registered as a lobbyist. His previous positions are only known due to his presidential finance disclosure — in which he reported making 3.6 million through lobbying efforts.

Trump came to drain the swamp — perhaps he should take a look at the lobbying industry and how people are skirting registration by staying under the threshold. There are currently 15,000 lobbyists working to influence public policy, and who knows how many acting in “stealth.”

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