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With Democrat Martha Coakley in trouble in the Massachusetts special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat, Democrats could lose vote No. 60 for President Obama's health-care bill. In response, an army of lobbyists for drug companies, health insurance companies, and hospitals has teamed up to throw a high-dollar Capitol Hill fundraiser for Coakley next Tuesday night. The invitation is here. Of the 22 names on the host committee--meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley--17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there's also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation. All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley's host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more. On the insurance side of things, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health all are represented on the host committee.Read more at the Washington Examiner: www.washingtonexaminer.com... U4SJ
Here are some of Coakley fundraiser hosts with some of their current health care clients:
Thomas Boggs, Patton Boggs: Bristol-Myers Squibb Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies: Amgen, BIO, Merck, PhRMA Susan Brophy, Glover Park Group: Blue Cross, Pfizer Steven Champlin, Duberstein Group: AHIP, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis Licy Do Canto, Raben Group: Amgen Gerald Cassidy, Cassidy & Associates: U. Mass Memorial Health Care David Castagnetti, Mehlman, Vogel, Castagnetti: Abbot Labs, AHIP, Astra-Zenaca, General Electric, Humana, Merck, PhRMA. Steven Elmendorf, Elmendorf Strategies: Medicines Company, PhRMA, United Health Shannon Finley, Capitol Counsel: Amgen, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross, GE, PhRMA, Sanofi-Aventis. Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta & Partners: Cigna, Eli Lilly, HealthSouth Tony Podesta, Podesta Group: Amgen, GE, Merck, Novartis. Robert Raben, Raben Group: Amgen, GE. www.washingtonexaminer.com... tHSi
Each of those lobbyist spends 37,000 a day. Still believe they care about "average Joe".
Originally posted by David9176
reply to post by Janky Red
I'm not really sure what exactly we should do to fix this mess...but I do know that the bill that is being pushed is garbage.
Quite frankly I can't believe no one is posting comments on this.
We see who the winners are right here in this election. It doesn't get any more blatant than this.
[edit on 12-1-2010 by David9176]
However the list you just provided PROVES that Pharma Corp SUPPORTS the Health Care Bill . It is clear cut proof.
I know the republicans are more closely aligned with TPTB, than the dems. Or, better put, besides Ron Paul, there are no national republicans that speak for the little guy; there are many more democrats that fill that bill.
What the real kicker is that we'll be paying on this for 3 years before the benefits even come.
I don't know how a single Liberal could actually support him...and I don't know how Conservatives can even call it anything close to being socialism.
Coakley did attend this, btw. This is the incident where her aide pushed down the journalist that asked Coakley a question.