Monday, March 26, 2012

ALEC to Fight Obamacare

Posted this morning on the website of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Wonder which one of the corporate profit sector members is paying for this....

Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2012) – Today the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in State of Florida and National Federation of Independent Business v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) filed an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief with the Court arguing that the minimum coverage provision, or individual mandate, in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.

Well…it appears Common Cause had the same train of thought and they went forward and took a look at who is probably paying for this.

At ALEC “task force meetings,” corporate representatives sit alongside legislators, introducing and voting on ALEC model bills. The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act was passed by ALEC’s Health and Human Services task force in December 2008. Documents reviewed by Common Cause indicate the task force included pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Bayer, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, along with PhRMA, the industry’s trade association; also included were health insurance providers WellPoint, United Health Group, CVS Caremark and Amerigroup, plus non-health related organizations including Reynolds American Inc., Wal-Mart and the Koch brothers-sponsored Heartland Institute.

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