"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time yesterday suggested she may be backing off her support of the public option. According to CNN, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "said they would support any provision that increases competition and accessibility for health insurance - whether or not it is the public option favored by most Democrats." When "asked if inclusion of a public option was a non-negotiable demand - as her previous statements had indicated Pelosi ruled out any non-negotiable positions . . . "
Guess what happened within hours?
"This announcement came just hours before Steve Elmendorf, a registered UnitedHealth lobbyist and the head of UnitedHealth's lobbying firm Elmendorf Strategies, blasted [an] email invitation throughout Washington, D.C. . . . "You are cordially invited to a reception with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6:30pm ~ 8:00pm, At the home of Steve Elmendorf . . . $5,000 PAC, $2,400 Individual . . ."
You know the old saying - - we know what you are, now we're just talking price.