Reform opponents got millions from industry

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Caitlin Ginley, of the Center for Public Integrity, used data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics to demonstrate that the state officials who have joined forces to file a lawsuit challenging American health care reform have, together, received more than $5 million in campaign contributions from hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, doctors and insurers. Among the governors and attorneys general in the 20 states supporting the suit, a few stood out.

… the Center found that top recipients of industry money include Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has received more than $1 million from health care professionals since 1996, and former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who took in at least $970,163 from the industry starting in 1992, when he was a state senator, until he left the governor’s office this week. Other major recipients involved in the lawsuit include former Pennsylvania Attorney General and newly-elected Governor Tom Corbett, who has received about $830,000, and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, with more than $770,000.

Ginley provides details on the donations each of those officials received, as well as several others. No word on how this compares to other samples of 40 high profile state politicians. Physician groups and private doctors played a major role in many of the cases she examined.

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  1. michael copeland

    Subject: healthcare Why doesn’t anyone ever report on the five largest health insurers, or holding companies that control them, and the association called Blue Cross Blue Shield> Blue cross blue shield is an association that rents or sells their name to other insurance companies. The five largest insurers are Etna, Well Point, CIGNA, United Health Care, and Humana. These companies control health insurance in our country through their subsidiaries’ one example.: Well Point, our nation’s largest health insurer that owns Anthem Health Care, that also owns another corporation called Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield which is in 14 different areas or more, as well as they also own Unicare. These all sell the same or similar products, with 4 boards of directors, 4 sets of administrators, 4 sets of actuaries, 4 sets of attorney’s 1 group for each company. 4 sets of claims departments, 4 separate sets of stock holders all needing to meet the expectations of the parent company as well as wall street don’t they only need one set not four different ones let’s stop multiplying the effect multiple administration costs, let’s bring healthcare cost down. Let’s stop sudo- monopolies.For an example why aren’t the companies owned by Well Point all called Well Point? Let’s stop them the insurance companies from competing against themselves or some even own the Drs. as well as the medical facility you have to go to. Where is the incentive to lower cost? Make them compete against the other insurance companies for our business there are 255 million customers that should be a huge dollar quantity discount for the U.S.A. with fair competition and the free market Instead of seeing who could raise consumers cost the most, and cut the benefits the most> By charging us more and giving us less then blaming doctors,>By increasing their cost through more paperwork , higher premiums for malpractice insurance set by the insurance industry by spreading the expense of a few bad Drs. over the entire industry instead of the Drs. that have caused the problem or themselves (insurance companies for causing the problem with Drs.> Paper work and patients, denials with help from attorney’s on retainers. Businesses, (remember when they said they could not afford ins. for their employees. laid people off sent jobs somewhere else) and Then there are patients (it’s our fault for being sick, they must have forgotten that’s their job) it used to be GOD forbid you got sick but thank GOD you had health insurance now it GOD forbid I get sick I can’t afford health insurance look at their own greed (who is more important stock holders or, customers that without they would have no money so companies could pay stockholders or executives.) Also would someone please explain why no one seems to know that Medicare advantage is not Medicare it is an insurance plan sold by the for-profit insurance companies that takes money from Medicare (that we have paid into) just to give to the for profit insurance companies, that then they (for profit insurance companies) charges you monthly premiums’, deductibles’, co pays it is not Medicare. Medicare is a non-profit not for profit government run insurance. Let’s put the money back that was taken from Medicare to give to the for profit insurance companies for MEDICARE ADVANTAGE to increase their bottom lines and give it back to the Medicare trust to improve Medicare and help improve cost control and better quality. Don’t forget insurance companies still offer Medicare supplements to cover what Medicare doesn’t at a fraction of the cost DON’T LET THE WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING PULL THE WOOL OVER OUR EYES111111111111 thank you michael copeland

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