It now appears that the health care reform efforts in Congress are on life support with the prospects for real reform now being somewhere between slim and none. Because nobody in charge could explain to the public in simple terms exactly what was in either the House or Senate bills, it was very easy for the drug companies and insurance companies to spend millions and deceive the public and turn public opinion in their favor. It has been reported that health insurance companies secretly gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce millions of dollars to run third-party attack ads against health care reform. This was done at the very same time that the companies were telling Congress and the American people that they were continuing to “strongly support reform.” That is not only sneaky, it is downright deceitful. The industry has laundered millions of dollars through third-parties to influence the health care reform legislation and kill any provisions that might hinder insurers’ profits.
It’s being reported that between $10 million and $20 million came to the Chamber from Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, UnitedHealth Group, and Wellpoint. These companies are all members of the powerful trade group “America’s Health Insurance Plans.” Unfortunately, that amount was just a drop in the bucket on the total amount spent by the special interests. This sort of thing should never be tolerated.
Source: Center for Media and Democracy
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