-David Graham Philips
What is the price of Democracy? To Senator Baucus and the rest of the senate, how much to sell your interest, your seat, your constituents, your soul to the interests hostile to the American people? Specifically, in this case the health care insurance industry.
This is not a new phenomena in America. Politicians have always been wooed by business interests, and it takes a strong politician to resist them. A previous quote on my blog stated it perfectly, “If you can't drink a lobbyist's whiskey, take his money, sleep with his women and still vote against him in the morning, you don't belong in politics”, there are a whole lot of politicians who do not belong in politics, Max Baucus (D-Mt) being one. In the attached video Bill Moyer points out that Baucus' staff health advisor is a former vice president of public affairs for Wellpont a major health insurance company. His former health advisor Michelle Easton, now works for Wellpoint. A conflict of interest? It is a blatant disgusting betrayal of the public trust, especially in light of what he's done. His Finance Committees Health Care Bill does not have a public option that would provide for competition for health care dollars. A public option would help lower costs and lower the price of private health care; and make health care coverage competitive and within the reach of all Americans. The Baucus bill would require everyone to buy health care from the private sector thereby enriching the very health care insurance companies that victimize the sick and the poor in America. This is selling out. THis is just what the health insurance industry want. If this passes you can bet that Baucus' next campaign will be heavily funded by health care dollars, he is insuring his future in the senate by this bill.
The members of the senate finance committee have received over the past few years forty nine point seven million dollars in health care dollars and Baucus has received one point nine million from the health insurance industry. The health insurance industry over the last few years has spent three hundred and eighty million dollars on advertising, lobbying, and campaign contributions to members of congress to represent their interests. They have sold our democracy up the river. When members of congress scream that they are defending democracy from socialism, it ain't so. They have sold our American Democracy to the corporations and now we have a new form of government in America, we have a corporate oligarchy. The big corporate interests control the senate, therefore control the law they, the corporate interests with their fat bank rolls, are the true government. People like Baucus work for them not us, they do their masters bidding. The American people must to become aware of the betrayal of their interests and do something about it, or they will become the victims and pawns of the corruption of the state.
Bill Moyers on Max Bacus
This may be our last best chance to fix it.