Friday, June 19, 2009

Head of Committee to Create Health Care Reform is Owned By Private Health Care Lobby

Here’s what we’re fighting against…Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which has been charged with creating health care reform, is owned by big insurance:

As Sen. Max Baucus has taken the lead on health reform legislation in the U.S. Senate, he also has become a leader in something else: campaign money received from health and insurance industry interests.

In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by the Montana Democrat and his political action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical supply firms, health service companies and other health professionals.

These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.

While discussing how the Finance Committee’s draft health care proposal is missing a public component, Bob Cesca notes:

Think about the principle here: the health insurance companies buy politicians who force the rest of us to buy health insurance. And upwards of 30 percent of that money goes to private health insurance profit and overheard. Max Baucus and the phenomenally stupid "Coalition of the Willing" wants to force you to finance health insurance profit margins.

It's a crime. It's exactly like being forced to pay tribute to a mafia boss -- or else they intimidate and kill you. My first instinct would be to outright refuse to pay, simply as a matter of principle. But principle doesn't put us back together when we're sick, so we're stuck. I can't imagine anything more sinister than this.

Nor can I.

1 comment:

  1. It is called a "protection racket." The only difference is that these don't break your knees. They know that you are going to need health care eventually.