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    Re: Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads

    Posted by Just Checking on 4/12/10

    Only 10 - 20 million??? That's nothing!

    How many billions of dollars were spent by the DNC to ram
    the healthcare bill down our throats?

    Just Checking

    On 4/12/10, Sharon wrote:
    > PBS info:
    > National Journal about the health insurer/ Chamber funding:
    > insurers-funded-chamber.php
    > 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
    > and subsidized by the chamber. Each insurer kicked in at
    > least $1 million and some gave multimillion-dollar
    > donations.
    > "There's no question that AHIP has quietly solicited
    > 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
    > budget.

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