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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Daschle Appointment:
Health Care “Reform’s” True Colors

Feb 9, 2009

Tom Daschle got in trouble for nonpayment of taxes, and had to step down as the Health and Human Services nominee. But the REAL scandal is how he made millions of dollars after he left the Senate.

In the past two years, Daschle was paid $220,000 for speeches he gave to groups like America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Health Industry Distributors Association. He also became an advisor to the firm Alston and Bird, which lobbies Congress on behalf of the health care industry. The firm made over 16 million dollars in the three years he’s worked for them. He was their advisor on health care issues.

The U.S. health care system is rotten BECAUSE it’s in the hands of private corporations making profits by charging through the nose. It ranks far below other countries with state-run health care for ALL their citizens. The health care industry in this country has a vested interest in keeping things exactly as they are.

And THIS is the guy Obama thinks was the best suited to head the agency overseeing that industry?! What does that say about this administration’s plans to “reform” health care in this country?