Here is a great example of of truth in reporting. Kay Hagan should take note, God knows people who worked on behalf of her campaign are. As it stands right now it wouldn’t surprise me if Hagan is a “one term senior”. Just one look at who she is protecting and it isn’t her constituents.
Key Dem: ‘Brain dead’ Blue Dogs just out for insurance money
On a recent conference call, Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) had strong words for his centrist Democratic colleagues in the House: “They’re, for the most part, I hate to say, brain dead” and looking to obstruct health insurance reform in order to pick up large campaign contributions.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, listening in to a conference call with liberal group with Campaign for America’s Future, Stark insisted “they just want to cause trouble,” according to the Associated Press.
“[They’re] just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process,” he said, added AP.
He continued, calling talk of federal money for so-called “medical co-ops” is nonsense and Democrats may as well be talking about “unicorns.”
“You know, what is a medical unicorn?” he asked, according to Huffington Post’s Sam Stein. “My kids all know what a unicorn is. But you don’t. You have never seen one. So I think this co-op is just a way of ducking the issue of having the public plan.”
“The basic idea [of a co-op] is that the federal government would set aside funding for local organizations to start their own health insurance co-ops to compete with insurers locally,” noted Modern Health Care, a weekly trade publication. “As with Group Health and HealthPartners, the co-ops would be member-owned, and any profits would be put back into health services.”
Nevertheless, health insurance co-ops are rare across the country and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted that a public insurance option is the best choice.
Stark called medical co-ops “non-starters” that “look more like private insurance companies,” noted Stein.
The Congressman, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, has been a strong advocate of a public health insurance option, even braving angry town halls to push it.
“Any bill I can convince you to pass that will cover 50 million (uninsured Americans), I will pass,” Stark told an audience in Fremont recently. “I probably won’t like the plan. It might change, but 50 million will be covered under the plan, and we’ll have five years to improve it and make sure it works.”
“Stark said he hopes to get 97 percent of the American population insured,” wrote reporter Wes Bowers.