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Will Insurer & Drug Money Leash the 'Blue Dogs'?
Date:6/9/2009

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The "Blue Dog Coalition," a group of 51 conservative and moderate House democrats who now oppose a strong public option to for-profit health insurers, took $1.7 million in campaign contributions since 2005 from the health insurance and drug industries according to Consumer Watchdog.

On the Senate side, Politico reported today that Mary Landrieu (D-LA) now opposes the public option. Landrieu received $40,080 from health insurers and $75,800 from drug companies.

Download Consumer Watchdog's analysis of health insurer and drug company contributions to the Blue Dogs: www.ConsumerWatchdog.org/resources/BlueDogDemsInsurersandPharma$.xls

"The insurer and drug lobbies are leashing the Blue Dogs with $1.7 million in campaign contributions to keep them from fighting on behalf of a public alternative to for-profit health care," said Carmen Balber, Director of Consumer Watchdog's D.C. Office. "What the Blue Dogs are telling us is that the insurance and drug companies should be trusted, but that's because they don't want to bite the hand that feeds them. That's no comfort to the millions of Americans who have been mistreated by their insurance companies, much less those that can't afford health care due to the greed of the private market."

Total health insurer contributions to the Blue Dogs = $839,806

Total pharmaceutical company contributions to the Blue Dogs = $896,734

For more information about the Blue Dogs' position on the "public option" see the "June 4" post at: http://www.house.gov/melancon/BlueDogs/index.html

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