Politicians Bought off by Health Care Industry

By Ben Cohen

If you want to know which politicians not to trust when it comes to health care reform, check below (via Bob Cesca):


McCain, John (R-AZ) $251,834

McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $200,200

Baucus, Max (D-MT) $183,750

Lieberman, Joe (I-CT) $101,400

Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) $98,600

Collins, Susan (R-ME) $96,500

Kyl, Jon (R-AZ) $90,450

Warner, Mark (D-VA) $89,700

Hatch, Orrin (R-UT) $85,903

Nelson, Ben (D-NE) $83,300


Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $113,850

Camp, Dave (R-MI) $112,923

Pomeroy, Earl (D-ND) $104,500

Boehner, John (R-OH) $101,200

Deal, Nathan (R-GA) $100,000

Towns, Edolphus (D-NY) $87,750

Rogers, Mike (R-AL) $74,000

Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $72,800

Ryan, Paul (R-WI) $69,000

Tanner, John (D-TN) $68,500

It’s incredible that John McCain, supposedly a ‘Maverick’ received so much money from the industry and never heard a whisper from the main stream press during the election campaign. And it’s even more amazing that any of the above are being taken seriously when it comes to serious reform of the health care industry. A political system that allows such overt corruption and conflict of interest simply cannot be sustainable. Politicians are supposed to represent people, not corporate interests. The enormous sums of money the health care industry throws at them means their roles as an elected representatives are no different to sales people. Except sales people are honest about their motives.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.