Have you heard about the six senators who are out to kill health care reform?Of course, that's not how they'd phrase it. Sens. Baucus, Bingaman, Conrad, Enzi, Grassley and Snowe say they're striving for "bi-partisan compromise." But what they're actually doing is working to make sure reform won't include a public option or mandatory employer-based insurance - two key policies needed for effective reform
.There are 100 members of the Senate, but these six, inexplicably, seem to be holding all the cards when it comes to health care.
So you probably won't be surprised to learn that all six have taken a huge amount of money from the health insurance industry and pharma.
|Senator||Lifetime contributions from Insurance/Pharma|
|Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)||$1,203,205|
|Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)||$206,297|
|Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND)||$442,165|
|Sen. Mike Enzi (R-NV)||$342,228|
|Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)||$702,595|
|Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)||$161,706|
These six senators -- who, by the way, represent only 2.74% of Americans between them -- are writing bad policy, and they're doing it while they take money from the very companies who stand to benefit the most.
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