Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The reason something is being done about healthcare

As the health care bill moves toward a critical vote in the Senate, the five senators charged with overseeing the floor debate count health interests among their biggest campaign contributors . . .

In all, health care interests have donated more than $2.5 million to [Sen. Max] Baucus' fundraising committees since 2005 . . .

Health care interests also dominate contributions to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, giving more than $1.3 million to the five-term senator between 2005 and this year. . . .

Other lawmakers controlling the health care floor debate:

• Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who has received $210,050 this year from health-related political action committees, his No. 3 source of PAC money. Dodd served temporarily as chairman of the Senate health committee this year.

• Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the new chairman of the Senate health panel, received $66,000 from health care PACs this year, more than any other sector and twice the amount he received from agribusiness, an important industry in his home state.

• Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has received $27,000 from health care political action committees this year, more than any other industry. Health PACs donated nearly $289,000 in 2008, his last election. He is the top Republican on the Senate health committee.

Liberal and conservative, left and right, Democratic and Republican, they're all on the take.

That's the real reason they're working on healthcare "reform".

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