Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | August 23, 2009

Myths and money

Media Matters for America takes a look at the myths that health-care reform opponents are spewing — and debunks them. Fourteen shameful myths from the right are exposed for the lies that they are. One of many key quotes:

CLAIM: Newt Gingrich is a credible health care expert.

REALITY: Newt Gingrich has a financial stake in opposing Democrats’ reform proposals. Gingrich has been quoted by Politico opposing the public plan, but Politico did not explain that his Center for Health Transformation is a for-profit entity that receives annual membership fees from several major health insurance companies, which have a direct interest in whether a public insurance plan is part of health care reform.

Media Matters also highlights the many flaws of “serial misinformer” Betsy McCaughey and scandal-tainted Rick Scott, both pundits that many media outlets have unquestioningly labeled as “experts” despite these relevant problems.

Speaking of money, Bloomberg reports on who’s spending big bucks to lobby Congress on health care reform. Key quote:

More than 1,500 organizations have health-care lobbyists, and about three more are signing up each day. Every one of the 10 biggest lobbying firms by revenue is involved in an effort that could affect 17 percent of the U.S. economy.

These groups spent $263.4 million on lobbying during the first six months of 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group, more than any other industry. They spent $241.4 million during the same period of 2008. Drugmakers alone spent $134.5 million, 64 percent more than the next biggest spenders, oil and gas companies.

Remember, always follow the money.

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