The reason many Senate Democrats and Republicans don't want health care reform, don't want public option, simple, they are heavy recipients of big donor dollars from the health care industry and insurance companies. That is why.
We are asking, trusting these very people who have taken big money from an industry that is not servicing the American public fairly, to do the right thing by us. The reason they do not want to offer any public option is that it will challenge and force their cash cows, the insurance industry and health care industry to play fairly with the American public.
Money talks, bullshit walks, the DC Congress is smelling the MONEY.
As liberal protesters marched outside, Sen. Max Baucus sat down inside a San Francisco mansion for a dinner of chicken cordon bleu and a discussion of landmark health-care legislation under consideration by his Senate Finance Committee.
At the table on May 26 were about 20 donors willing to fork over $10,000 or more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including executives of major insurance companies, hospitals and other health-care firms.
"Most people there had an agenda; they wanted the ear of a senator, and they got it," said Aaron Roland, a San Francisco health-care activist who paid half price to attend the gathering. "Money gets you in the door. The only thing the other side can do is march around and protest outside."
Again, does anyone believe that we have honest brokers, players here? We don't. It will take the anger, force and will of the public to get health care reform passed. It will also take this very sentiment to get rid of the many compromised senators in Washington, DC.
As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus's political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year's reform debate.
Top health executives and lobbyists have continued to flock to the senator's often extravagant fundraising events in recent months. During a Senate break in late June, for example, Baucus held his 10th annual fly-fishing and golfing weekend in Big Sky, Mont., for a minimum donation of $2,500. Later this month comes "Camp Baucus," a "trip for the whole family" that adds horseback riding and hiking to the list of activities.
I have a problem with Max Baucus. The man is compromised. He has big money flapping in his face, while pressure from his own constituents continues to mount. Baucus is the problem, the obstructionist here. He is soiled, tainted and has taken millions from the very entity the American public demands a change in.
Will he play fair? Will he become an honest broker for the public? I don't trust the system. I don't trust him.
And this airing in Montana......