Press release from Chris Healy, the state GOP chairman:
Larson the Lap Dog for Pelosi's Purse
HARTFORD - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, will appear in the nation's insurance capital Friday to raise funds for a Democratic Congress that is determined to destroy this critical industry, according to state Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy Thursday.
"Like Sherman marching toward Atlanta, Speaker Pelosi is bringing her reign of terror to a city where thousands wonder whether she will make good on her threat to bury the private insurance market," said Healy. "Speaker Pelosi deserves credit for having a good deal of gumption or contempt for the people of Connecticut, and she has John Larson to thank for the honor."
The high-end fundraiser, held at The Restaurant on 20 in the Hartford Steamboiler Building, will be hosted by U.S. Rep. John Larson, CT-1, and benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Tickets are $1,000 per seat with $30,000 for a place at Speaker Pelosi's table.
Pelosi has called insurance companies "evil" and said the industry has conspired to defeat health care reform efforts this year. The proposal passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee (HB 3200) would create a government financed insurance plan, called the "public option" that would, in effect, create an unfair imbalance in the marketplace and eventually drive private insurance costs up.
In July, Pelosi left no doubt that she saw the industry, which has been a successful integral part of providing health care coverage to an overwhelming majority of Americans as the sole impediment to controlling costs and improving access:
"The glory days are coming to an end for the health insurance industry in our country," Pelosi told reporters July 12th. "This is about inoculating against misrepresentations and educating about what is in the bill," she said. "We all want bipartisanship...but you're either with the insurance companies or you're for something new."
Healy said the public isn't buying her brand of reform which would credit a large centralized model that would lead to rationing, higher costs through taxation and penalties and lower quality. Another proposal, offered this week by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, would subsidize coverage for the uninsured through a tax on insurance companies.
"Whether it's Obama-care or Baucus-care, the bottom line are higher taxes and more uncertainty," said Healy. "When are the Democrats going to get the message that we need to start from scratch and reform what all parties agree to - now."
Larson, Healy said, should be particularly ashamed since he represents many of the insurance companies and financial service entities that would be adversely affected by a big government model. There is much agreement on many reforms that can address pre-existing condition, portability of coverage and inter-state purchasing of insurance. But the Democrats, like Larson, are blind to the impact their bill would have on health care and Connecticut's economy.
"Has John Larson checked the Yellow Pages lately and figured out how we make a living in Connecticut?" asked Healy. "Or is Congressman Larson so eager to curry favor with his boss, that he is willing to shake down the business community to elect more anti-business candidates?"
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