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Now That’s A Surprise….

Not!

Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads

Just as dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the nation’s biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or significantly modifying the major health reform bills moving through Congress.

That money, between $10 million and $20 million, came from Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, UnitedHealth Group and Wellpoint, according to two health care lobbyists familiar with the transactions. The companies are all members of the powerful trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans.

The funds were solicited by AHIP and funneled to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help underwrite tens of millions of dollars of television ads by two business coalitions set up and subsidized by the chamber. Each insurer kicked in at least $1 million and some gave multimillion-dollar donations.

And anyone is surprised by this?  The private insurers have a goose that lays golden eggs.  They have been doing everything possible to sway the debate, spread disinformation, fear and confusion to protect their magical goose.  They found wilfully ignorant groups like the Tea Party to spread their lies and it seems they spent boat loads of money on television ads trying to sway small businesses and  Joe and Jane sixpack that healthcare reform is bad and protected piracy is good.

The ads sharply criticized the high costs of the separate bills, especially the House version. The commercials warned the legislation would raise taxes for Americans and hurt the economy as it tries to recover from the recession. And some chamber-financed commercials attacked setting up a government run plan to compete with private insurers — a special sore point for the insurance industry — which is part of the House measure.

The resistance to health care reform has been astroturf the whole way. 

Why would anybody be surprised by this?

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