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    Post: Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads

    Posted by Sharon on 4/12/10

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    National Journal about the health insurer/ Chamber funding:
    Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads
    By Peter H. Stone

    Updated at 10:30 am 1/13/10

    Just as dealings with the Obama administration and
    congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the
    nation's biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big
    money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or
    significantly modifying the major health reform bills
    moving through Congress.

    That money, between $10 million and $20 million, came from
    Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans,
    UnitedHealth Group and Wellpoint, according to two health
    care lobbyists familiar with the transactions. The
    companies are all members of the powerful trade group
    America's Health Insurance Plans.

    The funds were solicited by AHIP and funneled to the U.S.
    Chamber of Commerce to help underwrite tens of millions of
    dollars of television ads by two business coalitions set up
    and subsidized by the chamber. Each insurer kicked in at
    least $1 million and some gave multimillion-dollar

    "There's no question that AHIP has quietly solicited monies
    from their members which were funneled over to the chamber
    for their ads," said a source. The total donated by the
    health insurers, according to one estimate, was as much as
    one-quarter of the chamber's total health care advertising

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