Political Correction

Insurance Companies Blanket Airwaves With Misleading Ads

March 11, 2010 4:01 pm ET - by Melinda Warner

Media Matters Action Network, SEIU, and Progressive Media worked together to further expose how the insurance industry has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to try and block health care reform.

In a last ditch effort to fight against health care reform, private insurance companies are funneling millions of dollars through the Chamber of Commerce  to air yet another misleading ad in seventeen states.

To further obfuscate the money trail, the Chamber produces their anti-reform ads under the name "Employers for a Healthy Economy."  This newest ad, titled "Afford," paints Democratic health care reform proposals as costing too much for American families - all the while ignoring the fact that the reform legislation will support American families and businesses.  The insurance industry stands to gain the most if reform fails - a fact they are desperate to hide from the American public.

The Chamber of Commerce has been the willing vehicle through which AHIP has funneled money and misinformation to the American public.  Reports say up to $20 million has gone from the insurance industry directly to Chamber coffers - although it is impossible to know the exact figure.  Both organizations have failed to provide any semblance of transparency regarding their finances, and so are keeping the American public ignorant of their anti-reform activity.

The Chamber & Insurance Companies have teamed up to block health care reform.  

The Chamber has also proven itself to hold profits above people in its position on various policy issues.

For additional information on the Chamber of Commerce, visit the following organizations:

SEIU
Think Progress
Media Matters Action Network

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