Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Healthcare Lobby Pouring Money Into Massachusetts Race

The healthcare lobby is very scared that Obamanomics will be declared dead if Republican Scott Brown beats Democrat Martha Coakley in next week's special election for the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Ted Kennedy.

This also exposes the fraud that the healthcare industry is against ObamaCare.

WSJ explains:
As first reported by Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner, the host committee for the fundraiser [for Democrat Martha Coakley] at Pennsylvania Avenue's Sonoma Restaurant includes lobbyists for Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Novartis and sundry other drug companies that have been among the biggest of ObamaCare's corporate sponsors. Other hosts—who have raised at least $10,000 for Ms. Coakley—include representatives from UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana and other insurers. As far as we can tell, the insurance industry claims to oppose ObamaCare's current incarnation.

Naturally, lobbyists from America's Health Insurance Plans and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the major trade groups, were on hand too. Money follows power in Washington, obviously, though this example seems especially inexplicable given that Ms. Coakley's GOP opponent, state senator Scott Brown, may be the last chance to defuse the health-care doomsday machine. But maybe someone in the press corps will bother to mention this episode the next time President Obama takes aim at the "special interests" he claims are opposing his agenda.

Against overwhelming public opposition, the only things keeping ObamaCare alive at this point are power politics and the misguided corporate cease-fire that Democrats have either coerced or bought—or is homegrown at companies like Pfizer that are deeply invested in more government control of the economy. Ms. Coakley's election would make that outcome a certainty.
It should be noted that while Coakely is raising insider money, Republican Brown has raised in excess of one million dollars "from the people" via a moneybomb.

The latest weather forecast for election day, Tuesday, January 19, is partly cloudy with a temperature range of 36 degrees to 24 degrees. Since it appears that those favoring Republican Brown appear more hardcore than Coakley supporters, alight turnout will favor Brown.

1 comment:

  1. The outcome only matters to the political class.

    Brown is in favor of continuing the war in the middle east and certainly has special interest groups yet to be revealed. He will be no better for the taxpayer/citizen than Coakley.

    The lies from the Obama administration and the Bush administration before them cries out for a general strike against the political system. If the turnout was as low as the recent mayoral race in Huston (15%) the government would lose all legitimacy and citizens could simply ignore it. Don't vote it only encourages them.