Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CBS ignores corporate connection to town hall mobs via Dick Armey

Jason Linkins in Huffington Post, August 4, 2009 detailed how there are corporate connections --via Dick Armey (former GOP House Majority Leader)-- with Adam Brandon's FreedomWorks.
From Linkins' "CBS Reports On Town Hall Mobs, Ignores Corporate Sponsors:"
Republican ex-Congressman Dick Armey, a beneficiary of drug companies, is behind this thuggish movement
the leader of FreedomWorks, Dick Armey, who is ranked as one of DC's top "hired guns," is a corporate lobbyist with a history of directing FreedomWorks to support the goals of his lobbying clients. For example:

--Armey's FreedomWorks is actively organizing against health care reform. Indeed, Armey's lobbying firm represents pharmaceutical companies, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, that oppose comparative effectiveness research in the health reform plan because such a program may cut into revenue for branded drugs.

--Armey's lobbying firm represents the trade group for the life insurance industry. Indeed, FreedomWorks mobilizes its members for deregulated life insurance reform.

We cannot sit pat and laugh off and ignore the town hall mobs and birther nuts. That's what non-fascists said about Hitler and the Nazis in Germany before 1933.

CBS and other corporate media need to not just report on the thuggish mobs, they need to report that a clear majority of Americans support the public option.
As the Washington Monthly reported, July 1, 2009:
A new Quinnipiac poll reinforces what we've seen in other recent surveys: despite the rhetoric from insurance companies, Republicans, and "centrist" Democrats, a public option as part of health care reform enjoys broad support nationwide.

Although 69 percent of voters nationwide say Americans should have the option of government-run health insurance, only 28 percent would choose to be covered by it, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Specifically, the question read, "Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?" Overall, 69% support the public option, but just as important, even 50% of Republicans support it. Indeed, looking through the poll results, the public option enjoyed strong support across the board, including every income level, every ideology, every age group, every faith tradition, etc.

As for President Barack Obama, he needs to speak up and strenuously promote public option. When Lyndon Johnson wanted Great Society reforms, he spoke up and ambitiously prodded congress, and so did Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush during their own presidencies. Obama must do the same, and show serious gusto. Obama speaks fervently in the Middle East and Europe. Fine. He needs to show some life, spine, and principals and more enthusiastically promote public option.

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