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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-10-09 01:08 PM
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The Insurance "Industry" Doesn't Oppose This Health Care Reform Bill
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Edited on Tue Nov-10-09 01:35 PM by Truth2Tell
Some seem to forget that the Insurance Cartel Lobby was given "a seat at the table" at the beginning of the process of crafting Obama's heath care reform package. As of today they are still in that seat.

The Republicans may have taken their ball and stalked home, but the Insurance Cartel has never had any intention of making themselves so irrelevant. They are not exclusively tied to either Party.

Sure, the industry has made a ton of noise and spent a load of money on this issue - but let's not confuse attempts to influence the outcome of a bill with attempts to kill it.

When the Insurance Lobby accepted their seat at this table - represented by their Senate blue dog proxies - they implicitly acknowledged that a "health care reform" bill was a near inevitability. They knew it was a top political priority for Obama and thus could see the writing on the wall. They knew Obama would have a much more uphill - though not impossible - battle, without the help of Industry interests in Congress, and they made the strategic decision to be a part of the coalition rather than the opposition.

This choice has paid off for the Cartel. The lack of a viable public option and the government mandates have made this bill palatable to the Industry. Make no mistake, they hate the pre-existing condition reform and much else good in the bill. And until the ink dries they will continue to use their public voice, and their seat at the table, to try and make this bill better for them. But they are on board.

If The Insurance Cartel Lobby were inextricably and wholeheartedly opposed to this bill you wouldn't see 55+ Democratic Senators on board. You wouldn't have seen a bill get past Chairman Baucus. You wouldn't see all the Industry carrots in the bill (hint: they are in there to get votes). And you wouldn't see those pearly white grins on the faces of the lobbyists sitting across from all of the rest of us at this "table."

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