Pelosi slams insurers as "immoral" villains - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com
"The public option -- that's where the insurance companies are making their attacks -- it's almost immoral what they are doing, " said Pelosi, addressing reporters outside of her office a few minutes ago.
"Of course, they've been immoral all along," she added. "They are the villains in this, they have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening and the public has to know.. They have had a good thing going for a long time at the expense of the American people and the health of our country."
How is Queen Nancy's fact-challenged barbs at the health insurance industry helpful? If they are as influential as a good many folk assert, pissing them off by calling them "immoral" strikes me as a good way to incent them to campaign even harder against the public option.A fact check: The Center for Responsive Politics reports that the health care industry spent a whopping $133 million in lobbying during the second quarter of '09. But seven of the top ten spenders were actually drug and biotech companies - which are nominally supportive of the Democrats -- spending an aggregate of $25 million.
Blue Cross was the only insurer to crack the top ten, shelling out about $5.2 million.