Friday, July 31, 2009

Opposition Blue Dogs Make Bank From Health Care Special Interests

Like we needed any more proof that health care reform obstructionists have been bought by the health insurance industry.  This one comes from the Washington Post.  Turns out that Blue Dog Democrats are raking in donations from the health care special interests nearly as well as their Republican counterparts across the aisle:

The roiling debate about health-care reform has been a boon to the political fortunes of (Arkansas Democrat Rep. Mike) Ross and 51 other members of the Blue Dog Coalition, who have become key brokers in shaping legislation in the House. Objections from the group resulted in a compromise bill announced this week that includes higher payments for rural providers and softens a public insurance option that industry groups object to. The deal also would allow states to set up nonprofit cooperatives to offer coverage, a Republican-generated idea that insurers favor as an alternative to a public insurance option.

At the same time, the group has set a record pace for fundraising this year through its political action committee, surpassing other congressional leadership PACs in collecting more than $1.1 million through June. More than half the money came from the health-care, insurance and financial services industries, marking a notable surge in donations from those sectors compared with earlier years, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity.

A look at career contribution patterns also shows that typical Blue Dogs receive significantly more money -- about 25 percent -- from the health-care and insurance sectors than other Democrats, putting them closer to Republicans in attracting industry support.

Sell out motherfuckers.

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