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Although President Obama and big-government activists demonize health-insurance companies, the companies "are still mostly on board with the president's effort to overhaul the U.S. health-care system," the Wall Street Journal reports; and ...
"The drug industry has already contributed millions of dollars to advertising campaigns for the health care overhaul through the advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA. It has spent about $1 million on similar advertisements under its own name," the Times reports
"If health legislation succeeds, the [insurance] industry would likely get a fresh batch of new customers. In particular, many young and healthy people who currently forgo coverage would be forced to sign up." No wonder insurers are willing to stop "discriminating" against sick people. (Forget that the essence of insurance is discrimination according to risk.)
With the exception of John McCain (R-AZ), Max Baucus (D-MT) received more money than any other current member of Congress from both the health insurance and the pharmaceutical industries. For the 2006, 2008 and 2010 election cycles, Baucus received $213,400 in contributions from health insurance companies and $229,520 from the pharmaceutical industry. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus is one of the primary architects of health care reform in Congress.
I find it hard to believe that people think drug and insurance companies aren't involved.
Originally posted by TXRabbit
Big pharma/AMA are interested in only 2 things - profits and longevity. They're flooding DC with lobbyists not to ensure one thing passes and another thing does not. They're there simply to guide the legislation to ensure that their goals are met. In a capitalist society this can be expected. They have 0 concern for anything but their continued exploitation of the system for their own greed.
I really hate how this is being politicized. It's Not Republican vs Democrate. It's more about US versus THEM.
[edit on 17-8-2009 by TXRabbit]
These corporations wouldn't have to involve themselves with politics so much if the Fed Govt would just respect its proper role and stay out of the economy.
How can one continue to oppose lobbying and corporate kickbacks to legislators on the one hand, and support the results thereof on the other? That makes absolutely no sense to me.