Exactly Who Is Behind Congressman Tom Price’s Words?

An email is being passed around showing Republican representative Tom Price talking about the dangers of Obama’s Health Care Option. The email goes like this:


I don’t care who might be offended…everyone should hear Tom Price…do yourself a favor. Just listen and draw your own conclusion if you haven’t already made up your mind about the new health care bill.  This is serious business and everyone should be concerned.. I sure am!!!

Not trying to offend anyone, but we better wake up!!!  Some of what goes on in Congress:  This is a YouTube video that was made of US Rep. Tom Price-6th Dist. GA on Wednesday.  Tom is a member of the House Healthcare Committee, and the video was shot in the Wed. Committee meeting.  Please share this with everyone you know………….this healthcare legislation MUST be defeated.  Please share this video.

Tom has said that our Constitution is being burned right before our very eyes.  We must, Democrats and Republicans alike, let our “leaders” know that this plan is unacceptable.  There has to be a better way than a government takeover! If the Government takes over, it will be one of the most colossal blunders in the history of this Nation!


First it advises us to draw our own conclusion, then it tells us what that conclusion should be and what we should do about it.


And you know what’s sad? There are a lot of people out there who are gonna buy into it. And they’re gonna pass it on to their friends.

So here’s my rebuttal email. Please feel free to cut and paste it and send it out as well. Or not. It’s got some information AND suggests that people not take my word for anything but go out and get the facts. Educate themselves. Here goes:

Before listening to Price and taking his word as gospel, you should know a little about this guy and what he represents. And I can tell you right now he is DEAD WRONG on his views of Health Care. It saddens me to watch folks fight against the very proposals that would aid them and others. I have lived in two countries with “socialized” medicine (Sweden and Canada), and have numerous friends in England. The health care we have now in the U.S. is already under a takeover. By corporations who DO NOT HAVE YOUR INTERESTS at heart. If you think they do, then you haven’t done any research at all. They are a private enterprise whose top goal is to make a profit. And these corporations are bigger and stronger than any “world government” the right-wing fear-mongers are misleadingly claiming Obama is heading. They are working on your fears and ignorance of the issues and the fact that many would rather be told what to think than actually take some time to find out the truth and understand the issues.

Please take a moment to really read what is stated below. It is from several sources and outlines a picture of what is actually happening. But please, after you’ve read this, do some more research on your own. It’s out there. If you don’t and you listen to people like Price, you will not only be taking something important away from every American in this country, but you will also be dramatically effecting human lives. This is not a game. People’s lives and well-being are at stake. Take the time to understand the issues. It’s not a lot to ask if you’re going to forward emails and assume they are telling the truth. Including this one. Educate yourself. This is America. That very education is one of the freedoms this country affords you.


Let’s start with Keith Olbermann’s commentary on Health Care Reform:

Morning Joe: Rep Tom Price Cites “Non-Partisan” Study Group Funded By Health Insurance Company Panning Health Care Reform

Republican Representatives Tom Price (MD–he’s a doctor, you should listen to him!) and Dave Camp–having no constructive things to do to address Americans’ health care concerns–appear on the Morning Joe show to field…questions from no less than four “journalists” on health care. And Mike Barnicle gets the closest to actually digging for the truth when Rep. Price drops the name of The Lewin Group and Barnicle asks who funds The Lewin Group.

The political battle over health-care reform is waged largely with numbers, and few number-crunchers have shaped the debate as much as the Lewin Group, a consulting firm whose research has been widely cited by opponents of a public insurance option.

To Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican whip, it is “the nonpartisan Lewin Group.” To Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, it is an “independent research firm.” To Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the second-ranking Republican on the pivotal Finance Committee, it is “well known as one of the most nonpartisan groups in the country.”

Generally left unsaid amid all the citations is that the Lewin Group is wholly owned by UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest insurers.

More specifically, the Lewin Group is part of Ingenix, a UnitedHealth subsidiary that was accused by the New York attorney general and the American Medical Association, a physician’s group, of helping insurers shift medical expenses to consumers by distributing skewed data. Ingenix supplied its parent company and other insurers with data that allegedly understated the “usual and customary” doctor fees that insurers use to determine how much they will reimburse consumers for out-of-network care.

Lewin’s clients include the government and private groups with a variety of perspectives, including the Commonwealth Fund and the Heritage Foundation. A February report contained information that could be used to argue for a single-payer system, the approach most threatening to private insurers, Sheils noted.

But not all of the firm’s reports see the light of day. For example, a study for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association was never released, Sheils said.  “Let’s just say, sometimes studies come out that don’t show exactly what the client wants to see. And in those instances, they have [the] option to bury the study — to not release it, rather,” Sheils said.

Well, they might not be partisan, but they sure as hell ARE biased–they are paid by the LARGEST health insurer in the nation (remember when Elizabeth Edwards said that $1 out of every $700 spent in healthcare went in the pocket of United Health’s CEO?) and bury reports that are unfavorable? Where’s that report on single payer? Why aren’t the Republicans quoting that one?

From Mike Lillis of the Minnesota Independent:

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), an orthopedic surgeon who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, said during Wednesday’s hearing that the right to have access to government funded health care “is a right to get in line.”

“Choices are always limited by government intervention,” Price said.

On Wednesday, Price and other free-marketers found a powerful ally when the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest doctors’ group, came out against any public plan option at all.

“The introduction of a new public plan threatens to restrict patient choice by driving out private insurers, which currently provide coverage for nearly 70 percent of Americans,” AMA wrote in comments submitted to the Finance Committee.

Yet that argument doesn’t go over well with many other health care professionals, who say they’ve grown tired of haggling with private insurers over whether certain services for certain patients should be covered.

“The current system rations care based on an ability to pay,” Geri Jenkins, co-president of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee, told lawmakers Wednesday. “Right now we are the only nation on earth that barters human life for money.”

Next, here’s a letter from Bill Clinton:

bill-clinton-picture-3Friend —

It seems like the 1993 health care debate all over again. Back then, I led the charge for comprehensive health insurance reform. I fought tooth and nail to get it done, keenly aware that millions of Americans were living in fear that a serious illness or injury could spell economic disaster for their families. Americans needed health care reform then and we urgently need it now. But, just as I did in 1993, President Obama has run into a buzz saw of special interest opposition to his top domestic policy priority — health care reform. He is facing off against some of the most powerful special interests in Washington who’ve launched a furious campaign to preserve the status quo.

Legislation that would lower health care costs for everyone, improve the quality of care, preserve choice and provide more coverage options for American families was introduced in the House last month – just as Speaker Pelosi promised.

But a U.S. health care system that makes quality care affordable for everyone is going to take a lot of hard work from all of us.

Your immediate response is essential because Republicans are waging a fierce assault on President Obama’s health care initiative and on Democratic Members of Congress fighting to reform health care now.

Republicans have made a political calculation that they’d rather attack Congressional Democrats with sound bites and misleading characterizations of the President’s health care reform plan than work on behalf of the American people.

It’s up to us to prevent the Republican Party and their special interest backers from doing whatever they can to prevent this historic opportunity to make quality health care affordable and accessible to all.

Thank you,

Bill Clinton

Here’s some more stuff on Price. This from his own district of Georgia:

Tom Price had an opportunity to take corrective measures before the current crisis began. Tom Price voted against regulating the predatory lenders that has lead to the current meltdown of the mortgage markets. The same day that Bear Sterns announced that its hedge funds were essentially worthless and admitted a loss of assets of more than $1.4 billion, Tom Price stood on the floor of the House chamber and declared that, “This strong economy is the direct result of the pro-growth Republican policies that we’re fighting for every day…”

Tom Price has been at the helm while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, IndyMac, Merrill Lynch, Lehmann Brothers and Bear Sterns disintegrated, and American taxpayers are left to foot the bill. The only growth our economy has seen during Tom Price’s representation has been the number of foreclosed homes and failed banks. Congressman Tom Price must accept the fact that he has failed the American people, especially those he represents in Georgia’s 6th district.

Or how about this to put Price’s claims about non-partisanship into perspective:

Despite confronting near absolute opposition from the Republican side of the aisle on health care, President Obama and Senate Democrats stressed during a lunch on Tuesday that reform still needed to be done in a bipartisan fashion, a White House aide said.

With nearly the entire Senate Democratic Caucus at the White House for lunch, the president spoke for ten to fifteen minutes on insurance reform. He also insisted, according to an administration aide, that he remained committed to working with the Republican Party to get reform passed.

“I think there was just really a sense about the importance of making progress and getting a bill done,” the aide, who was in attendance, said. “And that they are committed to working with Republicans to do it. The president believes that that is important.”

The continuing push for bipartisanship come at a time when progressive voices within the party are urging the White House, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) in particular, to stop looking for Republican votes. Democrats have 60 caucusing members in the Senate, their logic goes,so there is no need to water down the legislation for the sake of political comity.

Go on the internet, read the papers, find the truth anyway you can. And if the truth is too obscured by lies and misconceptions, then educate yourself on the issues and what is REALLY being proposed, who is for and and who is against it and why. What is their REAL motivation?

Exactly Who Is Behind Congressman Tom Price’s Words?

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