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?
On 4/12/10, Sharon wrote:
> PBS info:
> 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
> 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
> 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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