Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the liberal Nation magazine, in her attack on Republicans, writes something in today’s Washington Post that is the opposite of the truth:
And Missouri’s Roy Blunt, among others, stood with the insurance and drug companies against health-care reform
But the drug companies were for “health-care reform.” And not just a little bit — steadfastly and enthusiastically in support.
Here’s some evidence:
- Top drug lobbyist Billy Tauzin cut a deal in the West Wing of the White House in which it got what it wanted and pledged to spend millions ginning up public support for the bill.
- The drug lobby applauded the bill’s passage.
- The drug lobby got what it wanted.
- Drug lobbyists fought fiercely for Martha Coakley, in order to save the Democratic supermajority
- The drug lobby this year has run ads thanking Harry Reid for his support for the bill, and boosting his reelection.
It’s a knee-jerk reaction for many liberals — they hate industry and they love government, and so they just assume that big business is against big government. But they’re wrong. Sometimes, they’re very wrong.