The Democrats’ health care fiasco—an update.

If you want to know what, besides mindless fear of being criticized for being (gasp!) liberal, is motivating the Congress to ignore the will of the people on health care, take a look at this list of lobbying donations made during the first three months of this year.

For health care alone, these are the numbers:

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $6,910,000
Pfizer, Inc: $6,140,000
American Medical Association: $4,240,000
American Hospital Association: $3,580,000
Eli Lilly and Company: $3,440,000
America’s Health Insurance Plans, Inc: $2,030,000
CVS Caremark Inc: $2,005,000
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association: $1,800,000
GlaxoSmithKline: $1,780,000
Merck & Co: $1,500,000
United Health Group, Inc: $1,500,000
Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc: $1,460,000
Novartis: $1,347,134
Abbott Laboratories: $1,260,000
Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP: $1,250,000
Medtronic, Inc: $1,238,000

That’s about $27,000,000 into the coffers of the weak and willing.

Cowardice plus avarice. Not exactly what we were looking for to pull us out the Bush/Cheney disaster, is it?


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