Do you wonder why we, as the richest nation in the world, are the only one of the industrialized nations that does not have universal health care, why our health care costs outstrip everyone else's, and why we have 10's of millions of citizens without health care insurance?
Clinton tried in the early 1990's and got her ass handed to her. Since then, actually since the 1990 election cycle, the health insurance industry has contributed to the current members of Congress $39.5 million. And that's only to the members that are currently in congress. It does not include the ones that have been, but are no longer, in the congress, so the amount is even higher. In addition, Obama has received $1.4 million with $1.3 million of it coming from the 2008 election. Top collectors are:
|Chris Dodd (D-Conn)||S||$767,841|
|John Boehner (R-Ohio)||H||$737,260|
|Hillary Clinton (D-NY)||S||$697,351|
|John McCain (R)||S||$684,787|
|John Kerry (D-Mass)||S||$680,184|
|Max Baucus (D-Mont)||S||$655,899|
|Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)||H||$611,554|
|Ben Nelson (D-Neb)||S||$522,546|
|Mitch McConnell (R-Ky)||S||$520,327|
|Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)||H||$490,098|
Why? Why is the health insurance industry allow to contribute large sums of money to the very people who make law and regulations that affect them? Why do these politicians accept money from the very industries that they make laws and regulations for?
Do you really think serious change is going to come about when so much money is coming from the very companies who are at the heart of our health care problems? They don't want change. They are very invested in the status quo.
And the man spouting the need for change...the largest recipient of the money.
No wonder he does not support a single-payer plan.