Pelosi Calls Insurance Companies 'Immoral,' 'Carpet-Bombing' 'Villains'
1:14 PM, Jul 30, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Illustrating once again that the newest research must tell Democrats to find a health care bogeyman and beat the mess out of him in order to get their government-centric health care reform passed, Nancy Pelosi lit into insurance companies today at her weekly press conference with some seriously scathing rhetoric: (Clarification: The first statement below came in separate remarks to reporters today, not in her press conference. The second statement came from the presser.)
"They are the villains?" Sounds like someone took her messaging memo a tad too literally. She also characterized insurance companies' tactics in the debate in pretty over-the-top war terminology not usually used for mere lobbying efforts: "Insurance companies are out there in force, carpet bombing, shock and awe against a public program."
Rep. John Boehner, speaking at his press conference, spoke up for Pelosi's "villains:"
Update: Who got the most "villainous" money from HMOs in the 2008 cycle, I wonder? It must have been John McCain, right? Republicans are always in the tank for those guys.
He also got more than $2 million from insurance companies (a group that encompasses "health, life, property and car insurance companies, agents and brokers"), which was about at parity with John McCain, who received slightly less than $200K more.
Nancy Pelosi herself is in the top 20 House recipients of "insurance" contributions this cycle, and insurance companies are her 10th-most frequent contributor over the span of her career.