Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
The administration and the media are working hard to keep the public’s eyes wide shut.
Democrat Martha Coakley was supposedly the most electable Democrat in Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate. She is in trouble and the Democratic Party is pulling out all the stops.
Her opponent Scott Brown said it all in their debate.He said it is not Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, it is not the Democratic Party’s senate seat, IT IS THE PEOPLE’S SEAT.
If the Democratic Party is not listening to the people, the people should kick it out of power. The Democratic Party is not listening to the people.
The State of Massachusetts has always been oriented left of center politically. However the state has suffered financially from the failed Massachusetts universal healthcare plan experiment. I have presented all the reasons for its failure. The main reason is control of the healthcare dollars remains in the hands of the healthcare insurance industry.
President Obama’s healthcare reform plan is a close copy of the Massachusetts plan. It keeps the healthcare insurance industry in control of the healthcare dollars. Any Democrat and the President will deny it. They keep telling us they will be controlling the healthcare insurance industry.
If the Democrats lose this seat they will lose vote #60 in the Senate for President Obama’s healthcare bill.
If they lose vote #60 President Obama’s health-care bill the bill will unravel.
Even worse, Representatives and Senators up for reelection in 2010 are threatened by an independent voter rebellion in the rest of the country,.
It is time for a full court press by the Democratic Party . The Democratic Party had a fund raiser in Washington for Martha Coakley .
Guess who sponsored the fund raiser?
The lobbyists for the healthcare insurance industry, big pharma and the medical device companies. .
My guess is President Obama’s healthcare reform bill is to these companies advantage, not the peoples’ advantage despite what President Obama continuously says. These organizations want the Democrats to retain the 60 votes needed to pass President Obama’s healthcare reform bill.
Americans have to wonder and open their eyes to what is going on. Why should these organizations want this bill to pass?
The answer is simple. It is good for business!!!
Who are these sponsors?
“Of the 22 names on the host committee–meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley–17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there’s also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation.”
Here are some of Martha Coakley’s fundraiser hosts with some of their current health care clients:
- “Thomas Boggs, Patton Boggs: Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies: Amgen, BIO, Merck, PhRMA
- Susan Brophy, Glover Park Group: Blue Cross, Pfizer
- Steven Champlin, Duberstein Group: AHIP, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis
- Licy Do Canto, Raben Group: Amgen
- Gerald Cassidy, Cassidy & Associates: U. Mass Memorial Health Care
- David Castagnetti, Mehlman, Vogel, Castagnetti: Abbot Labs, AHIP, Astra-Zenaca, General Electric, Humana, Merck, PhRMA.
- Steven Elmendorf, Elmendorf Strategies: Medicines Company, PhRMA, United Health
- Shannon Finley, Capitol Counsel: Amgen, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross, GE, PhRMA, Sanofi-Aventis.
- Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta & Partners: Cigna, Eli Lilly, HealthSouth
- Tony Podesta, Podesta Group: Amgen, GE, Merck, Novartis.
- Robert Raben, Raben Group: Amgen, GE.”
The companies in the healthcare insurance industry that are represented are Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth and United Healthcare.
All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley’s host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more.
HMOs (like Aetna) do not have lobbyist in Martha Coakley’s top tier of hosts. However, the healthcare insurance industry is represented by two lobbyist representing America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).
The drug companies have four lobbyists representing the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and one representing the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) The final host list was not available.
“If Coakley pulls it out, this is the crowd that will have brought her here. If health-care reform passes, this is the crew that will have won.”
I believe that before a Representative or Senator should be allowed to vote for this bill they should be required to take a comprehensive multiple choice questions test on the meaning, implications and potential unintended consequences of the provisions of President Obama’s Healthcare reform bill. Only if they receive an over 65% grade should they be permitted to vote.