Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 12 (12 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   6 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE STIFFENING HEALTH CARE OPPOSITION: FOLLOW THE MONEY

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Robert Weiner       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...)  Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 2   Valuable 2   Supported 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 8/13/09

Author 13208
Become a Fan
  (5 fans)
- Advertisement -

By ROBERT WEINER and JORDAN OSSERMAN

Originally published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

President Obama's news conference on health care last month covered the policy issues in the battle for reform "" cost, coverage, and urgency. Unfortunately, there's a lot more to the fight.

- Advertisement -

The opposition to health reform is a tangled web of vested interests with major financial stakes in maintaining the status quo, no matter how broken it is. That's one main reason America is the only developed nation in the world that doesn't provide healthcare to its citizens.

Rick Scott, president of Conservatives for Patients Rights, is flooding the airwaves and funding disruptions of congressional town halls, warning about "government run" healthcare.

- Advertisement -

Yet Scott was ousted from his former company, for-profit hospital operator Columbia/HCA, before the company pled guilty to 14 felonies, paying the largest fraud settlement in American history "" 1.7 billion dollars. Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, said, "Rick Scott pushing health care reform is like Bernie Madoff attempting to regulate the financial industry."

According to recently published Congressional financial disclosures, 30 key lawmakers involved in health care legislation total nearly $11 million worth of personal investments in the healthcare sector.

Perhaps one of the most egregious examples because of his constant criticism of reform is Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), the Obama nominee for Commerce Secretary who withdrew because of opposition to the Administration's agenda. A senior member of the health committee, he just disclosed owning $254,000-$560,000 in stock of health care companies.

- Advertisement -

The health care industry is spending $1.4 million dollars per day to lobby against reform, and spent $126 million on lobbying in the first quarter, leading all other groups. Three of every four major health firms hire at least one lobbyist who previously worked for a congressman; 49 of the 136 lobbyists employed by PhRMA are former congressional staffers who retain cozy Hill relationships.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 2   Valuable 2   Supported 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Robert Weiner, NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ISSUES STRATEGIST Bob Weiner, a national issues and public affairs strategist, has been spokesman for and directed the public affairs offices of White House Drug Czar and Four Star General Barry (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Do Conservatives Vote Against Their Own Interest?

Jeb Bush's Elephant in the Room: Role in Bush v. Gore Recount

Food Stamp Myth Busting

Iran: Nuclear Weapons or Peaceful Energy?

Why not free 4-year college?

All Athletes Should Face the Same Tough Drug Testing