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):

TOP 10 SENATE RECIPIENTS:

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

TOP 10 HOUSE RECIPIENTS:

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.