Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Conflict Of Interest
The Washington Post reports today that on May 26 Bax Baucus sat down at a dinner with "about 20 donors willing to fork over $10,000 or more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including executives of major insurance companies, hospitals and other health-care firms." Furthermore, "Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus's political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year's reform debate. "
This is the man heading the Senate Finance Committee, the committee tasked with writing a healthcare bill for the senate. Is there any wonder why he is opposed to a public option? When he held senate hearings, he did not even allow advocates of a public healthcare option to testify.
Our system is broken!