U. S. Chamber of Commerce Dirty Tricks Dept. attacks Arkansas Congressmen

Here is the latest outrage against public decency.

Arkansas United for Change and Health Care for America Now (HCAN) – the nation’s largest health care campaign – extended their appreciation today to Congressman Marion Berry (AR-01) and Congressman Vic Snyder (AR-02) for standing strong in the wake of dirty tricks and televised attack ads aired by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and secretly financed by the health insurance industry.

A January 12th article by Peter H. Stone in National Journal reports America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and its member health insurance companies secretly funneled as much as $20 million to the Chamber to pay for ads designed to scare Americans into opposing health care reform. These ads were produced while AHIP publicly claimed to be supporting reform.

The Chamber of Commerce has spent $1,076,405 in Arkansas since November running attack ads, including $142,583 against Rep. Berry and Rep. Snyder immediately after the House of Representatives voted to pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act on November 7, 2009.

“If the National Journal found evidence of $20 million, imagine how much more of our insurance premiums were misused to pay for deceitful ads to protect insurance industry profits,” said Candis Collins with Health Care for America Now. “The insurance companies have been saying they’re for reform while paying the Chamber of Commerce to wage an expensive air war against those who support it. We are grateful Congressmen Berry and Snyder voted to do what’s right for their constituents and continue to hold firm against the insurance industry-funded assault.”

HCAN and its local partners nationwide demand the Chamber of Commerce reveal how much money it has received from the insurance industry to kill reform and demand that AHIP and the insurance companies reveal how much money they have funneled to other front groups to run ads and create an impression of grassroots opposition to health reform.

“The Chamber of Commerce should apologize to Congressmen Berry and Snyder and the people of state of Arkansas for attacking them with laundered money,” said Collins. “It’s great that Representatives Berry and Snyder have the courage to stand up to the insurance industry and its cronies.”

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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