Thursday, October 29, 2009
Democratic Senators Against Health Reform, For Themselves
At least they made a reasonable amount of money. How embarassing for us all if our dems went cheap; say, 30 pieces of currency, or something.
Sen. Evan Bayh (theoretically D, from Illinois) has stated that he won't even vote to allow the current health care bill to be debated on the floor of the senate. This is serious, as it only takes 40 senators to block debate. This is terrible. Why has he decided to switch sides? Well, for the all-to-usual reason. It'll make him a truckload or two of moolah. What about his approx. 1.4 million uninsured constituents? They sure as heck don't pay his bills. Seeing as how they don't even have the money for their own health care, silly.
Who pays those bills? Why, Wellpoint insurance, who has paid his wife, Susan Bayh, at least two million dollars. Add to that, another two million or so from other health insurance company boards she sits on, and we're talking a Senator who knows what he's worth, and who his real constituency is. Hint, it's not those that vote for him, or anyone else that can't weild a 6ish figure check.
Now onto Sen. Lieberman, who has threatened to filibuster any bill with a public option. He has made his distaste for health care known. He hasn't made his wife Hadassah's work for Hill and Knowlton so well known. "The legendary lobbying and PR firm hired her as a 'senior counselor' in its 'health and pharmaceuticals practice'" in 2005. She has since quit, but Lieberman has accepted about two million from health care and pharmaceutical companies for his reelection fund in 2006 and has already taken in another cool million from them for his 2010 run. With money like that, why should he care that his constituents favor the public option 64-36?
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