Know Your U.S. Chamber

March 4, 2010

Is Taxpayer Money Being Funneled Through The Chamber Of Commerce To Kill Health Reform?

To preserve brand identity and maintain secrecy, many businesses use groups like the Chamber to launder money for political means. For instance, health insurance companies lied and told the public all last year that they were supportive of reform — while simultaneously funneling up to $20 million dollars for attack ads through the Chamber (the other $80 million spent on Chamber attack ads against health reform is still unaccounted for).

Although reform would benefit the business community at large by controlling insurance costs and improving worker health, the Chamber is taking a rigid, ideological approach. Indeed, the Chamber is known to have become increasingly partisan under the leadership of Tom Donohue; an analysis by the Wonk Room found that the Chamber’s board is dominated by Republican donors. The Chamber seeks to kill large progressive reforms in order to kill progressive policies in general. Chamber officials have even gone on record noting they hoped to block health reform as a tactical measure to kill clean energy reform, a priority of many Chamber member companies.

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Proposed Healtcare Plans: A Side by Side Comparison

February 24, 2010

Still on the Table?

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Blaming The Victim is What Tort Reform Is All About

December 8, 2009

Kincaid hits the nail right on when he points out that if we want to compare the US to other countries in terms of litigation, then we have to look at other social safety nets other countries provide to their citizens so as ot eliminate the need for litigation. If the victim of a malpractice is taken care of by a system of social safety net, then there is no need to look to insurance payment for the additional medical bills and possibly future medical bills incurred by the victim. If we want to look to Tort Reform, we will have to reform many other areas of our social system as well.

The Right wants to blame the victim–That is not the answer.

Health Care: “Tort Reform”

As the other side is always quick to point out, nowhere else in the developed world has this much litigation. Of course, nowhere else is there any such animal as an unpaid medical bill, and support for those who have lost their income tends to be better. People don’t need to find someone else to blame to have their needs taken care of. Other countries don’t have our level of litigation, but, then, they don’t need it.

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