Monday, January 11, 2010

Guess Who's Having A Fundraiser For Martha Coakley?

Alarm bells must be ringing signalling the all-important 60th vote for the health care debacle are on the line.  Who will come running to save the damsel in distress at the last minute,  a team of PhRMA and insurance lobbyists naturally:

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 at right (click here for a better view).

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.
Here is a picture of the invite:

 The list of hosts is positively a who's who in health care lobbyists.  Here are just a few of the drug companies and insurance companies that will be represented by the hosts of Coakley's little fundraiser: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health.  I wonder if Martha Coakley would be making arguments on behalf of the people or the drug companies and insurers if she is elected?

Remember the Obama transparency pledge:
we’ll have [healthcare reform] negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so the people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who is making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”  
Does C-SPAN get to cover the fundraiser to insure the election of the 60th vote?  Even in the bluest of blue states, whose health care system is said to be the model for the legislation in Congress, there isn't majority support for the health care overhaul:

 Yet, Martha Coakley will be fed a feast of lobbyist dollars to insure she is elected to ram the overhaul through whether the people in Massachusetts or America want it or not.   Donate to elect Scott Brown, we can't afford to sit on the sidelines for this election.

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