These are the worst, bought and paid for by the health insurance lobby:
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). He’s taken over $2 million from health and insurance interests and opposes a public option. Last week, a constituent asked why he couldn’t get insurance as good as the senator’s. Grassley’s response: If you want quality coverage, “go work for the federal government.”
Sens. Olympia Snowe & Susan Collins (R-ME). They have taken over $2 million together from health and insurance interests (Collins a tad more), and they have opposed the public option so far. Snowe consistently has advocated a “trigger” proposal that the insurance industry wants.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT). He’s the chair of a key Senate committee on the health care reform issue and has taken $3.9 million from health and insurance interests. He’d hinted that he may support a public option, but when his committee’s draft plan came out, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein reported, “There’s no public plan mentioned anywhere in the document.”
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND). He’s taken $2.1 million from health and insurance interests and has offered one of the main proposals to dilute the public option — a local “co-op” plan. Insurers would prefer this to a strong federally backed head-to-head competitor with private insurance.
h/t AdamGreen at Daily Kos.