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Conections map by Muckety

I have said many times here that one of the main reasons Obama was installed/Hillary deprived of her victory was to scuttle the chance for a real healthcare reform  we might have  had this time.

I didn’t realize until now how brazen and open this connection was. This is the smoking gun

From Hillary is 44, basement Angel comment

James Roosevelt, who was chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee that decided to dock Michigan and Florida half of their delegates and award 4 of the delegates Clinton won in Michigan to Obama, as well as all of the uncommitted delegates, is the CEO of a health insurance company – Tufts Healthcare. Okay

I remember reading at B0botland the ecstatic if incredulous reactions at the RBC ruling. The header on that was


They sure were right about that. It was Obama’s and Insurance CEO’s party – it definitely didn’t belong to its members anymore.

Basement Angel again

The guy who made sure that Obama had the necessary to delegates to win the nomination – even to the point of assigning delegates another candidate won to him arbitrarily – is the CEO of a health insurance firm.

The CEO was instrumental and outspoken about the decision on Mi and Fla. Here he is in March 2008

James Roosevelt Jr. of Massachusetts, cochairman of the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee, said in an interview with the Globe that he doubts there will be a resolution of the standoff without the states devising do-over contests to be held before June 10.


Roosevelt, asked whether the party might yield to a compromise to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations that did not include another contest approved by the Democratic National Committee, said: “As long as it could affect the outcome, [there’s] no chance of that.”

Someone was vested in the outcome, and in a position to manipulate it. And the money quote

“If there is simply a caving on this, we’ll end up with primaries on Halloween, and so that does at least counter some of the purely political campaign influences here,” said Roosevelt, who is also chief executive officer of Tufts Health Plan of Massachusetts.

Back in December 2008, I was quoting Boston Globe noting that Insurers were drafting HCR. It’s only now that I recognize the name of that drafter

“The heart of our proposal is a public-private partnership that builds on the employer-based coverage that 170 million Americans rely on today,”said James Roosevelt, Jr., the president and CEO of Tufts Health Plans, in a press conference held at the National Press Club. “We have laid out a workable, realistic path to universal coverage…. We want to make sure no one falls thorugh the cracks of our health care system because of age, health status or income.”

Oh, and if you wonder, what they wrote then is exactly what’s in Obama’s bill today

Insurers oppose the creation of a Medicare-style public insurance option, which both President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus have proposed, which they believe will force private companies to compete with government on an uneven playing field. The insurers also do not support an employer mandate.

By April 2009, James Roosevelt was bold enough to write editorials bashing the public option

The advocates of a government-run plan claim that it will control costs. I am not convinced. The allure of a government-run health plan is distracting and unproven, and brings a high risk of unintended consequences such as reducing competition and consumer choice. Moreover, even if a government-run plan could be designed in a way that preserves choice for most Americans, it would delay the start of universal coverage for years.

Interestingly enough, in his signature, his RBC chairmanship is not disclosed. All it says is

James Roosevelt Jr. is president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan and co-chair of the policy committee of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Oh, and there was this delicious scrubbed article at Boston Globe – you can still read the headline in the url

Found it in the cache

The event itself was a hybrid of a news conference (with the public instead of reporters) and a White House social event.

It was a diverse group of health care providers, insurers, policy experts, medical/nursing students, human resources representatives, business people, and others from all walks of life and political points of view, all invited because we each have a vested interest in the final shape and success of a national health plan.

.So, please spare us phoney PR wars, we know you stole an election together to push this abomination on us. You stole it to get the American people to buy your corrupt services. It’s as simple as that. You stole my vote so you can steal my money.

It all comes together with what I said earlier

No One Steals an election to do good

Obama is not just in bed with the insurers. Obama is the candidate Insurers (and Wall Street) fronted.

Slim pickings this morning, most papers not even featured at the Newseum yet. I’ll update if this changes.

Washington Post has an interesting contrast between a heart wrenching photo and a ” more Hope for HCR” headline directly under it. Or, come to think of it, it’s no contrast at all. If their hope comes true, we’ll all be victimized.

.Wall Street Journal has a headline about the Google war with China as well as one on the ME situation

In New York, they finally found a non-Paterson scandal: It’s the cabbies!

Obama Times

NY Post

.And if you’re curious about the senate contender, it’s a Republican, silly. (Harold Ford was as Democrat as Bloomberg supported)

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