Lobbyists can be those in all different age groups

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want to advocate for it. Lobbyists can be those in all different age groups, social statuses, races, ethnicities, etc. Though there are many advantages to lobbying, there are also several issues with lobbying. For one, lobbyists tend to focus on their own individual wants and needs and not necessarily the wants of a group or community of people. Another con, is that it is typically based on the needs of the minority. What could be useful for one minority might not necessarily be useful for another. Lastly, it can be illegal. Often times lobbyists choose to bribe politicians and sometimes even threaten them to gain a specific result. This is especially true if they know that the politician is not leaning towards their vote. A third opportunity for individuals to influence the policy-making process is to publicly voice their opinion. Public voice can be seen in many different ways. I would argue one of the most prominent ways to voice opinions and influence change is through social media platforms. In our world today, social media has been one of the greatest ways to communicate across the country and even the world. Other ways individuals can share their opinions is through press conferences, protests, private communication to officeholders, public writing and statements, and
more. One major issue with this type of influence is that once a video or post on social media is posted it is almost impossible to recover it if you wanted it to be deleted. Protestors and individuals need to be careful with what they write or say. Public voice of opinion has no age limit or restrictions. There isn’t typically a specific group or specific individual found doing this. I have seen young children advocate for the homeless and school systems. I have seen people in college when I attended school advocate for climate change. I have seen adults on TV outside of schools protesting for greater pay for teachers. Public voice is limitless. Policy makers can use the information gathered by lobbyists and public opinions during the policy making process. In conclusion, it is possible for anyone to influence the policy making process. There are countless ways to voice opinions, raise concerns, and advocate on certain beliefs. Our U.S Healthcare system is always changing, which means lobbying, and other forms of protesting will always be around.

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