Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Insurance Industry Buys Politicians - Probably

FiveThirtyEight.com has a great post with a pretty graph about the likely effects of the amounts of money the insurance industry spends on politicians. The largest receiver of bri... contributions is Baucus, the guy leading the health care reform decisions, and who is opposed to a public insurance option.

FiveThirtyEight continues to be clear and responsible, pointing out that it did not take into account counter-lobbying from unions and other pro-public-option factions, and also that it is hard to tell if "perhaps senators receive a lot of money from the insurance industry because they hold conservative positions on health care, rather than the other way around. Although I believe that accounting for ideology should correct for most of this".

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