EXCLUSIVE: UnitedHealth Lobbyist Announces Pelosi Fundraiser As She Begins Backing Off Pub Option

by: David Sirota

Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 17:47


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time yesterday suggested she may be backing off her support of the public option. According to CNN, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "said they would support any provision that increases competition and accessibility for health insurance - whether or not it is the public option favored by most Democrats." When "asked if inclusion of a public option was a non-negotiable demand - as her previous statements had indicated  Pelosi ruled out any non-negotiable positions," according to CNN. This was also corroborated by the Associated Press, and by Pelosi's own words, as quoted in those stories.

This announcement came just hours before Steve Elmendorf, a registered UnitedHealth lobbyist and the head of UnitedHealth's lobbying firm Elmendorf Strategies, blasted this email invitation throughout Washington, D.C. I just happened to get my hands on a copy of the invitation from a source - check out this OpenLeft exclusive:

From: Steve Elmendorf [mailto:steve@elmendorfstrategies.com]
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 8:31 AM
Subject: event with Speaker Pelosi at my home

You are cordially invited to a reception with

Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi

Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:30pm ~ 8:00pm

At the home of
Steve Elmendorf
2301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Apt. 7B
Washington, D.C.

$5,000 PAC
$2,400 Individual

To RSVP or for additional information please contact
Carmela Clendening at (202) 485-3508 or clendening@dccc.org

Steve Elmendorf            
ELMENDORF STRATEGIES
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SOLUTIONS
900 7th Street NW Suite 750  Washington DC 20001
(202) 737-1655

Again, Elmendorf is a registered lobbyist for UnitedHealth, and his firm's website brags about its work for UnitedHealth on its website (Elmendorf was also a chief of staff for Democratic Minority Leader Dick Gephardt).

The sequencing here is important: Pelosi makes her announcement and then just hours later, the fundraising invitation goes out. Coincidental? I'm guessing no - these things rarely ever are.

I wrote a book a few years ago called Hostile Takeover whose premise was that corruption and legalized bribery has become so widespread that nobody in Washington even tries to hide it. This is about as good an example of that truism as I've ever seen.

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Sheeesh (4.00 / 5)
I'm naive enough to call it a coincidence, but that doesn't change the fact this is very, very wrong.  What the hell is she doing???  You just can't accept fundraisers from health care lobbyists at the very time you are passing health care reform!

This is how it works (4.00 / 20)
It's a game. We're not players. Once upon a time, this sort of oligarchical callousness made communists out of millions of people. The reason it hasn't this time is that people have convinced themselves that they're consumers rather than wage slaves. Now that we've finally arrived at the moment of truth, when all is revealed, and the consumers are themselves consumed, no one can remember how we got where we are, or why. (To be fair, the fact that communism turned out to be its own kind of murderous fuck-up didn't help much either.)

Anyway, there's still some hope, if enough people can remember what it means to be a citizen. (No doubt we'll be told by the usual suspects that hope is a registered trademark of the Obama campaign, and can't be used without written permission. I'd suggest we tell them that we've always colored outside the lines, and aren't about to stop now.)


[ Parent ]
We're consumers, not workers, and certainly not slaves (4.00 / 3)
I think that's exactly the kind of social conditioning we now have. It's a much broader, "bipartisan", version of the social disease Thomas Frank analyzed in What's the Matter With Kansas?

Most Democratic voters really don't think very differently from right-wing wackos, they just express their denial of the class struggle in more respectable ways.

The point in both cases is to maintain a cultural self-image as the middle-class consumer seeking the American Dream (or even vainly dreaming that someday you'll achieve that status), when in fact there is no longer a middle class, there never was any such thing as a "consumer", and the American dream has been just propaganda for a long time now.

At any rate, at all costs, people don't want to self-identify as a "worker". That we're post-class is one thing Republicans and Democrats join in hymning.

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[ Parent ]
What is Elmendorf doing? (0.00 / 0)
Maybe the question should be what is Elmendorf doing. He works for United Health. Blasting an e-mail like this all over Washington. Is that the way they usually do this sort of thing?

Not that I don't think Congress is corrupt - I do, both sides of the aisle. But this just seems too convenient.


[ Parent ]
this is par for pelosi ... (4.00 / 2)
... a lot of big talk early on about how the house will stick up for everyday americans and then a sell-out to corporate interests behind closed doors.

Z


The Democratic Wing of the American Corporate Party. (4.00 / 1)
What I don't get is all of the short term memories.  Pelosi played the same game on funding the war in Iraq.  She absolutely refused to do it until she did.  This is typical Pelosi, and it appears she taught Barack all he knows.  

[ Parent ]
Which completely ignores the Pledge Block, sorry dkmich. (0.00 / 0)
Which offers nothing but cynicism, which takes all action for progressive change off the table.  

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[ Parent ]
It isnt just "democrats" to equate Weiner with Baucus is disabling (0.00 / 0)


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[ Parent ]
Weiner? Baucus? Huh? (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
It is less than useful to smear all Democrats as sellouts. (0.00 / 0)
Is this really so hard to understand? I have reread my post, and the post I was commenting on, and I can see no reason why you do not understand.

There are better democrats like Anthony Weiner
http://weiner.house.gov/
and there are scumbags like Baucus.

Is that now clear?

Working to create more better democrats is good political effort

Smearing 'all' democrats is debilitating and not helpful.

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[ Parent ]
I thought UnitedHealth's fundraiser for Pelosi was the topic. (4.00 / 1)
 And I thought we were talking about Pelosi (former chair of the Progressive Caucus), and their health industry supporters -- hence my confusion.

But as to Weiner, I'm really looking forward to a floor vote on his amendment (to amend by substitution with HR 676) -- if the D leadership permits a clean vote on the amendment, which isn't certain.

Such a vote (if it occurs) will be an unambiguous answer to the question: "Which side are you on?"


[ Parent ]
Yeah useful in knowing how to work, going forward. (0.00 / 0)
Just being right, being correct, just being someone with the correct opinion, doesn't do squat. It lets know things, like where to place support when we can, where top expose when we can, how to move left where we can.

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
Indeed. (0.00 / 0)
If you're talking about the Weiner amendment, and my characterization of it as an unambiguous "Which Side Are You On" moment (if Pelosi lets it come to a floor vote) -- I think progressive (and left, liberal, labor, etc) support should go to those voting "yes".

And, logically, opposition to all failing to do so.


[ Parent ]
Support for those that support it yes. (0.00 / 0)
How to drive the rest will depend on a lot of things. I support identifying and supporting and electing Single Payer Democrats however, on this we agree very much.

I am not sure what will be, in the next drive, the unifying factor or frame or wording. Single Payer seems good. FDR, who was hated by the self identifying left BTW, had "New Deal Democrats"  

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
What's cynical is Obama refusing to talk to progressives. (0.00 / 0)
What's cynical is Obama campaigning on one thing and doing another.  What's cynical is Obama cutting deals with pharma and insurance companies against the best interest of the people.  What's cynical is Obama dissing base Democratic voters:  unions and middle/working class.   If Clinton and NAFTA taught the base nothing, it should have taught them to be cynical of silver tongued politicians.

I have been a member of the so called Democratic Party for 30 years so I have plenty of history on which to base my opinions.    I really hope the pledge bloc kicks ass, but I don't somehow quite believe they will/can.   Now that Pelosi has sold out, it will make it even harder.  

I am glad there are people like you in the world.  Somebody's got to hope and be content with a glass that is half full.  


[ Parent ]
Elmendorf is the political genius.... (4.00 / 12)
....who argued against the 2004 Kerry campaign responding to the Swiftboat ads.

And subsequently went into partnership with Jack Abramoff's bag man.

The poster boy for how DC works.


Touché (4.00 / 1)
Nice catch! Style points for you.

"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -Woody Allen, My Speech to the Graduates

[ Parent ]
Duh. (4.00 / 3)
"Shares of UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N) and WellPoint Inc (WLP.N), the two largest health insurers, rose about 1 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Aetna Inc (AET.N) rose more than 2 percent and Cigna Corp (CI.N) jumped more than 4 percent."

http://www.reuters.com/article...


Where are the enterprising reporters? (4.00 / 2)
Just asking about quid pro quo would be enough to generate a headline.

Conduct your own interview of Sarah Palin!

Hmm (4.00 / 1)
The "liberal" media fails again...

[ Parent ]
Sounds like grounds for an action alert (4.00 / 2)
AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov

E-mail Pelosi and let her know how you feel about this.

John McCain won't insure children


Why not buy the tickets (4.00 / 3)
go to the show and tell her to support a strong PO with no trigger.

Or, sponsor a counter fund raiser and make her dance for some left wing cash? When folks are for sale, do they care who buys them?


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


? (4.00 / 2)
I'm glad you have the $2400 to do it with... most of us don't.

[ Parent ]
That's why one needs to harness the collective power of the internet (0.00 / 0)
Few bucks here, a few more over there.

A force multiplier this mouse.


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
Hmm, but giving $2400 to Pelosi for the opportunity to protest her? (4.00 / 1)
I guess a protest force at the entrance of that event, making guests uneasy about their donation to a sell-out, would be cheaper and more effective.

[ Parent ]
Being a paid guest, is more powerful. (0.00 / 0)
"This is an official ask for two tickets to be donated to Openleft to send people who will directly confront the hypocrisy."

Surely someone out there can donate two tickets for this "party" some union, like the amazing Steelworkers for example.

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
So you're fundraising for Pelosi now... (0.00 / 0)
...perhaps because the for-profiteer fundraisers are strapped for cash?

I'm such a novice at this. As an outsider on the left, I'd never have considered teaming up with anti-progressive Big Capital by adding my finances to theirs, trying to get their favored candidates elected.


[ Parent ]
Why not? (0.00 / 0)
She listens to those with $ to give her.

If you want her to listen, ante up.


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
So you're fundraising for Pelosi now... (0.00 / 0)
...perhaps because the for-profiteer fundraisers are strapped for cash?

I'm such a novice at this. As an outsider on the left, I'd never have considered teaming up with anti-progressive Big Capital by adding my finances to theirs, trying to get their favored candidates elected.


[ Parent ]
What would you pay to confront (0.00 / 0)
And the steelworkers has the ability to arrange that.

Should also not buy air time? Should we never use toill roads? Have you renounced your cell phone? Do not use a telephone.

How much have you paid so far nasrudin, and to whom, for your internet connection. When corporations connive to "own" water rights, do you stop drinking?

Please think things through.

Try harder to make a difference.

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
So direct contributions to candidates favored by UnitedHealth equate with paying taxes or fees? (0.00 / 0)
It's a bit of a stretch, but I suppose with the mandates and subsidies to the for-profiteers favored by the WH, D leadership, DLC, etc...that the industry calls "a bonanza"...there is some equivalence between taxes, purchases, and campaign contributions to the D leadership and DLCers.

[ Parent ]
No it isnt. That's your political smarts, thats your 'ethical' choice. (0.00 / 0)
So be it.  

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
I don't know about smarts, (0.00 / 0)
but my choice is to oppose those who fight against single-payer (except, of course, for proponents of healthcare solutions to the left of single-payer) -- the for-profiteers and their servants in Congress, the WH, the media, and other political settings.

[ Parent ]
So now we ned to determine the ways the politics works, and how to use the tools to drive progress and reform. (0.00 / 0)
Mere distaste, simple taboos and a general feeling of I'm right so thats enough doesn't save a single child.

The British Raj used gatling guns on unarmed peacefully protesting citizens, trapped in a square from which there was no escape. People jumped to their deaths into wells to escape the onslaught of carnage.

It would have been simple to never speak to the occupier again, and seemingly just, but that would not have changed anything.


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
Your analogy shines some light (0.00 / 0)
on some of the many reasons I'm critical of the US government -- its willingness to maim and murder civilians in the interest of power and profit, whether at Wounded Knee, Dresden, Nagasaki, My Lai, Fallujah, Chardarah, or anywhere else -- even if I disagree that it justifies Pelosi accepting cash from those who should be in the dock on continuing criminal enterprise charges.



[ Parent ]
Well thanks for that list. (0.00 / 0)
If you equate FDR and the world alliance fighting the nazi war machine with Wounded knee, that is very instructive as to your ability to discern reality.

I like this one.


or anywhere else


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
The Truman administration's own post-war strategic bombing survey -- (0.00 / 0)
-- conducted by uber-hawks and top-tier Cold Warriors like Paul Nitze -- said Dresden was un-necessary (as were Hiroshima and Nagasaki in their judgment).

Again, my criticism was/is of the US government's "willingness to maim and murder civilians in the interest of power and profit," and I stand by that.


[ Parent ]
There is a real difference between an admitted, which I agree with, failure (0.00 / 0)
such as the
un-necessary
 and devastating bombing of Dresden, and Wounded Knee.

Ans I recommend discerning the difference, if you intend to make a difference.


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
Pretty far afield here. (0.00 / 0)
The topic was the for-profiteer's fundraising for Pelosi, and I apologize for my contribution to sliding into the war stuff by mt response to your bit about the Raj.

So, while I don't understand the comment I'm replying to here, I think discussion of the politics of violence is better suited to a thread more directly related to that -- so I'm gonna bail for now.


[ Parent ]
I got a call last month (4.00 / 2)
suggesting that our local Democratic Party do something similar with Bill Nelson.  (He's not one of the big offenders when it comes to taking donations from healthcare lobbyists, so it wouldn't have been as meaningful as it would be with some Senators or Congresspersons.)  

Anyway, this woman suggested that a group of us go to the Senator's office with our checkbooks and ask how much it would cost us to "buy" the public option.

This type of action would be a media stunt, but could prove a point.  Thoughts???  


[ Parent ]
I like it, film it and show it. (4.00 / 1)


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
Great Reporting! (4.00 / 8)
Great Reporting!
Too bad there are no actual reporters on my tee vee (only prostitutes people that play "dress up" at looking like reporters)

When Pelosi made that strong statement about how the house would only pass a bill with a strong public option, I wondered if it was a move to "drive up her price" for the eventual sell out.  Cynicism prove correct yet again.

 


Now that we know her price (0.00 / 0)
can we buy her back?

These folks should just come out of the closet and set up a bidding site for each vote so that everyone gets a chance to buy a piece of the congress. "eBaY - vote".

Such a thing might even work as a satirical skit, or TV ad.

Its only fair

"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
It's an auction -- never more than a spot price... (0.00 / 0)
...which means competing with the finances available to Big Capital. Do you think that progressives, lefties, workers, etc can win at the game of "who's-wealthier"? Or even compete in that league?

[ Parent ]
I'm getting into the realm of poltical theater now (0.00 / 0)

A fake web-site. BuyMeNow.US.GUV?  Like Open Secrets, but more satirical.

Can the left compete financially? I think the jury is still out on that one.


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
Billionaires for Bush or Gore... (4.00 / 1)
...were very good at this. So are The Yes Men.

[ Parent ]
Will she autograph her book? (4.00 / 1)
"Impeachment off the table" Nancy Pelosi came out with a book last year called, of all things, Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters I kid you not. Click the link, if you don't believe me.

Maybe GW Bush (currently pulling down over 100K per speech, I hear), will come by with a couple of copies to get autographed, and present them to his daughters!

But perhaps I'm underestimating Pelosi. Savvy businesswoman that she is, she'll probably ask for $100 per autograph. Well, that's no problem for Bush.

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Know your power (4.00 / 2)
If you're not one of the rich or on their payroll, your power is zero.

The book should be retitled: "We F-cking Own This Country, So Suck It Up Be-atches"


[ Parent ]
The sequel (4.00 / 1)
Know Your Price: A Message to America's Progressives.


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
heheh (4.00 / 2)
More like "Know Your Place".

Join the fight to give students a real voice on campus: Forstudentpower.org.

[ Parent ]
Sack up time (4.00 / 10)
Progressives are seriously going to have to sack up and face the possibility that they will have to vote against the final health care reform bill.  This might mean that we don't get another bite at this apple for anywhere between four and twenty years.  

But of the three possible outcomes, I rank them thusly from worst to best:

1. A crap bill passes with mandates and no real public option.  This would mean a GOP takeover of the House in 2010 and the effective end not only of the Obama administration, but the end of the Progressive movement in our generation.  This entire generation of young people that bought into the Obama message would give up on politics. GOP takes White House in 2012 due to apathy among Democratic base.

2. No bill passes because Progressives block it.  Also bad. GOP might pick up quite a few seats in 2010, mostly from Blue Dogs.  However, the Progressive movement is now a force to be reckoned with.  Obama can position himself "above the fray" and introduce his own bill later, perhaps in a second term which Obama could win with continued activism from his base.

3. A bill passes with a strong public option because Progressives stayed strong.  The best option, obviously.  Progressives flex their muscles and show that they can fight for something and win.  America wins because we get better health care.  Single-payer may one day be a reality.  Dems maintain dominance in 2010.  Obama crushes in 2012.  The Progressive movement gains strength.

The only way we get outcome 3 is if we prepare for the possibility of outcome 2.  But the alternative is outcome 1 which is far, far worse, IMO.


Note the risk if no bill passes (4.00 / 8)
I think it's interesting that if no bill passes, the people most affected would be Blue Dogs and Obama himself.  Choosing to deny Obama his health care bill because it doesn't live up to his own promises is how we make the point that Obama being elected was about a movement, and not a man.  

But strategically it makes sense to stick by the threat for that very reason.  Obama will have no choice but to push back on the Blue Dogs in order to save his own hide.  

Sticking to their guns Progressives can make everyone's political incentives line up their way.


[ Parent ]
Our job is making 3 happen. (0.00 / 0)
We need strong action on all fronts. We need to call the nurses union in California, for example. We need pressure to be put on Pelosi and the leadership. Support has to be given to the pledge block. We need to redouble their funding drive.  

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
couldn't Obama introduce a new bill (0.00 / 0)
next year? If Blue Dogs are desperate to get a bill passed before the 2010 elections, they'd need to go along with a bill next year, I would think.

Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

[ Parent ]
Blue Dogs are NOT desperate to get a bill passed.... (4.00 / 2)
....which is why they are getting so much clout... they desperately want the bill to simply go away and vanish!!

They hate any form of health care reform...

REID: Voting against us was never part of our arrangement!
SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!


[ Parent ]
Not true Mike. Other than Baucus, the dark prince of slime, (0.00 / 0)
I think they know they are in trouble electorally if they dont pass a bill. They just want that Bill to be the worst possible.

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


[ Parent ]
re: worst possible (0.00 / 0)
but how long before that (worst possible) becomes electoral trouble too?

[ Parent ]
Where is the MSM on this? KO Rachel, Ed? WTF (0.00 / 0)
If a rethug did this, there would howling from the rafters.  This one makes Abramoff look discreet.

Our job is to organize a response, ands support other responses. (4.00 / 1)
We have to sharpen our pressure. Support the pledge block, attack Pelosi.

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


Or, hit the lottery and buy them back. (0.00 / 0)
Wouldn't that be a crappy jackpot?

"They pour syrup on shit and tell us it's hotcakes." Meteor Blades

Lottery? (0.00 / 0)
There are already money collectors in place to supply alternative and/or thwart the right wing ploy, aren't there?

How much was raised because someone yelled two words at President Obama? Isn't this worth the same effort, or more?


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
Pelosi (4.00 / 1)
I sent her an email, thanking her for staying on message and standing up for the Public Option, just this week!  I guess I will go back to just writing to our infamous Iowa Senator Grassley, at least I know where he stands...

do you ever get tired (4.00 / 1)
of being right?  

True Blue (0.00 / 0)
Senator Grassley is not my choice for reelection in Iowa.  I have repeatedly been in contact with him, regarding Healthcare Reform.  I am proud that Senator Tom Harkin was picked to replace the late Senator Kennedy on the HELP committee.  My comment was feign scorn on Pelosi, I was hoping she would stay true to her position on the Public Option, and I felt it would be great to let her know that, needless to say this week continues to be a roller coaster with the Public Option.  

[ Parent ]
off-topic to Diadidia (4.00 / 1)
Drop by Bleeding Heartland sometime!

Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

[ Parent ]
List of Elmendorf's clients... (4.00 / 2)
*  American Wind Energy Association
  * Citi
  * Coalition for Active Financing
  * Coalition for Patent Fairness
  * Consumer Bankers Association
  * Delta Airlines
  * Ernst & Young LLP
  * Federal Judges Association
  * Financial Services Forum
  * Ford Motor Company
  * Fresenius Medical Care
  * Futures Industry Association
  * The Hartford
  * Human Rights Campaign
  * Magazine Publishers of America
  * Managed Funds Association

  * The Medicines Company
  * Microsoft
  * MillerCoors
  * National Association of Broadcasters
  * Northrop Grumman
  * Phrma
  * The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  * TIAA-CREF
  * Time Warner, Inc.
  * Union Pacific Railroad
  * UnitedHealth
  * Verizon
  * Verizon Wireless
  * Yum! Brands

He's also a Democratic strategist who worked for Dick Gephardt for a long time...  The dots don't necessarily connect without more info.  The way to find out is to have one of us actually attend this thing and find out what is really going on before we start going all CNN/Coast Guard on this...

As for Pelosi's waffling, she's been relatively waflley for some time now... she corrects herself fast, but, she's gaffed many times about this recently...  There isn't a "smoking gun" here... just some gunpowder...

Is there any way we can find out more?

REID: Voting against us was never part of our arrangement!
SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!


United Health Lobbist (0.00 / 0)
It is apparent Ms. P has her hand out or she is just attending to see what the nice man has to say.
For those of us who felt President Obama would bring change in WASHINGTON, I am concerned we will be disappointed.
The idea of having Universal Healthcare cannot happen unless President Obama,Ms.P,Mr.Reid,the Washington In-Crowd and all Government Employees have the same Health Plan as every other citizen of the U.S. Otherwise whatever is finalized is a farce.
Could Insurance companies ADMINISTRATE a BASIC HEALTH Plan? I would think so and more effectively than the GOVERNMENT.This type partnership is done daily.
Taking the financial resourses(taxes)and fighting undeclared wars,destroying Manufacturing jobs by OUTSOURCING(Lost TAXES) and other irresponsible policies  shows poor stewardship of our tax revenues.It also illustrates our TAXES could better be used to raise the standard of Healthcare without raising taxes or politicians being bought off by LOBBISTS. The resources are there to have Universal Healthcare but are being misapporiated.

Damm. We have been smooched again!!--by another Democrat!! (0.00 / 0)


Thanks David (4.00 / 1)
This is exactly what we need to be doing to hold our representatives accountable: following the money.

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Fire her... (0.00 / 0)
Pelosi needs to be removed as majority leader and removed completely from office.

THIS needs a big fucking stink made... wow... I'm pissed.


For this, I support censure (0.00 / 0)
Not that she's taking the $, for the blatancy and poor timing.



"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


[ Parent ]
Good scoop (4.00 / 1)
I'd be tempted to say this represents the final death knell for representative democracy, but that happened a long time ago (Buckley v. Valeo et al).  Let the wake begin now.

But, David, to paraphrase The Stranger from The Big Lebowski, "Do you have to use so durn many self-references?"

Finally, I encourage all OpenLeft readers to RSVP their regrets to the RSVP e-mail address shown in the invite.


David, why no mention of this story during your appearance on the Maddow show tonight? (4.00 / 2)
This should be the topic of conversation on the weekend talk shows.

re: conversation (0.00 / 0)
This should be the topic of conversation on the weekend talk shows.

I'm sure david gregory will be all over it


[ Parent ]
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