From PERRY Presidential:
AUSTIN — Although never mentioned by name, Austin lobbyist Mike Toomey’s presence was felt keenly at Monday’s Republican presidential debate when Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann harshly criticized Gov. Rick Perry for his 2007 executive order mandating that Texas teenage girls receive an HPV vaccine that would have been worth millions in sales to Toomey’s client, Merck Pharmaceutical.
Calling it “flat out wrong,” Bachmann noted Perry had received campaign contributions from the drug maker and questioned Perry’s motives. “Was it about life or about millions of dollars to a drug company?”
Perry’s response — that he was “offended” by Bachmann’s suggestion that he “could be bought for $5,000” in campaign contributions from the drug maker — belied the powerful role that Toomey, a Houston native who once served as Perry’s chief of staff, has played in the governor’s political career. From advising Perry on personal legal issues to paying $10,000 to help the Green Party siphon votes from Democrats, Toomey has been a loyal and constant Perry political ally throughout his career.
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(left to right: Mike Toomey, Grover Norquist, Governor Little Ricky Goodhair, Botox Batshit Bachmann, Dave Carney, Rick Man-on-Dog Santorum)
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Tagged as 2012 election, Big Pharma, campaign donations, Cigna, Dave Carney, debates, Dianne White Delisi, Gardasil, Grover Norquist, lobbyists, Merck & Co, Merck Pharmaceutical, Michele Bachmann, Mike Toomey, Republican Governors Association, RGA, Rick Perry, social conservatives, super PACs, Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Hey kids! Remember the Singing Senators? They broke up after Trent Lott
pulled a Sarah Palin resigned, and Larry Craig tapped his Buster Browns in the wrong men’s room. Well, according to me my anonymous sources, a few of the musical Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have formed a new group! They’re called Pink ‘Roids. No, not these kinds of roids, the kind you need this stuff for. I’m guessing they picked that name, because they’re always so red and irritated and angry. Anyway, they have a new video out! They really rock!
(back row, left to right: John Cornyn (R-Easter Island [see below]), John Romeo Ensign, Orrin Down The Hatch, Chuck Your Ass Is Grassley. front row: Jim ZZZZZ Bunning)
To the tune of Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)”:
We don’t need no legislation
Break Obama: that’s our goal
We love each campaign donation
Listen as we bitch and moan
Hey! Congress! Leave Cigna alone!
All in all, we’re gonna just continue to stall.
Overall it’s just another game of beanball.
♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
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Tagged as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, campaign donations, Charles Grassley, Cigna, Easter Island, health care, Health Insurance, Jim Bunning, John Ensign, lobbyists, malpractice, Max Baucus, Mike Enzi, Pink Floyd, public option, Singing Senators
From THE HUFFINGTON POST:
A new video puts denied health insurance claims on United Health Care CEO Stephen Hemsley’s doorstep.
The video, made by Brave News Films’ Robert Greenwald, intercuts stories of people suffering because of denied claims with images Hemsley’s fancy homes, along with details about how much money Hemsley’s got ($744,232,068 in unexercised stock options, for example).
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Tagged as Aetna, Angela Braly, Brave News Films, Cigna, Edward Hanway, health care, Health Insurance, Humana, Lewin Group, Medicare, Michael McCallister, Robert Greenwald, Ronald Williams, Stephen Hemsley, U.S. Census Bureau, United Healthcare, Veterans Administration, WellPoint