The Daily Caller (h/t Instapundit) has an interesting post today on the push back by Tea Party supporters against corporations — particularly in the pharmaceutical industry — which cooperated and cut deals with the Obama administration to help pass Obamacare. The Washington Post had a similar article just after the mid-term elections, focused not so much on Tea Parties but how the Republican establishment was taking note.
But what about AARP, Consumers Union, and the AMA, each of which provided invaluable cover and support to the administration, as documented in my prior posts:
- AARP Rides To Obamacare’s Rescue, Again
- Alphabet Soup of Health Care Delusions
- AARP Shills for Kennedy
- AARP Prepares To Sell Out Seniors
- Consumer Reports’ Specious Stand On Health Care Reform
- Consumer Reports’ Massive Fail
- AARP and Consumers Union Should Put Their Money Where Their Pro-Tax Mouths Are
In November 2009, as the House prepared it’s Saturday night vote on Obamacare, I noted the role of the AMA and AARP:
Don’t have much time this morning to comment further, but note the irony that today the jobless rate hit a 25-year high at 10.2%, and tomorrow night Democrats in the House of Representatives are planning to push through a health care restructuring bill that is guaranteed to kill more jobs. The Democrats refuse to wait until Monday for a vote and insist on a special session Saturday night….
Oh, and AMA and AARP – you people have no idea of the damage you are doing by supporting this last minute rush towards madness. Or maybe you do, but you don’t care.
It is time to hold all institutions — not just for-profit corporations — which helped pass Obamacare to account for what they did. AARP, Consumers Union, and the AMA would be a good start.
Update 11-28-2010: For the record, I let my Consumer Reports subscription, which I had for many years, expire last year, and I throw out all the membership cards and info. from AARP which show up in my mailbox. As my readers know, I’m not a big fan of organized boycotts, but that doesn’t mean I have to give them my money.
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