Friday, July 31, 2009

Democrats declare war on the insurance industry

The insurance industry employs hundreds of thousands of people in this country. Maybe millions. If you are one of them, then the Democratic Party has declared war on you.

From CNSN News:

"I don't think we should be crying great big tears about the insurance industry,” (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid said at a Capitol Hill press conference when asked whether insurance companies should be allowed to charge higher premiums for people with preexisting conditions.

"There is no business in America that makes more money than the insurance industry--over the last 10 years their profits have been increased by 450 percent," Reid said. "So I'm not really in very much of a mood to worry about the insurance industry."

From The Raleigh News & Observer:

"The truth is, we have a system today that works well for the insurance industry," Obama said, "but it doesn't always work well for you. So what we need, and what we will have when we pass these reforms, are health-insurance consumer protections to make sure that those who have insurance are treated fairly and insurance companies are held accountable."

From The Hill:

A day after formally delaying a vote on a healthcare bill and having to accept a further weakening of a public option to compete with private insurers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at the health insurance industry and urged her members to do the same during the August recess.

"They are the villains in this," Pelosi said of private insurers. "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 that. They can disguise their arguments any way they want, but the fact is that they don’t want the competition."

More from The Hill:

And the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), joined Pelosi's attack on the insurance industry.

Durbin specifically took aim at the insurance lobby, which he said will "pour it on" during August recess.

"There are people out there with a lot of money at stake in this debate," in America. By fighting change they’re protecting their bottom line."

From a CNN op-ed by Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Majority Leader:

In fact, the Democratic plan will expand choice by freeing doctors and patients to make the choices that maximize healthy outcomes, not insurance profits.

I know, you're going to say that the Dems are only attacking health insurance companies. But the Obama-ized Democrats want to punish business and punish success. But first it's the health insurance companies, next it will be the car insurers, then home underwriters, then oil companies (Oops, they went after them already).

None of these are old quotes, they're all from this week.

I guess they think we're morons.

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