Reuters has reported that Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has “ramped up” her criticism of insurance companies.
“It's almost immoral what they are doing. Of course they've been immoral all along in how they have treated the people that they insure. They are the villains. They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening.”
The immoral and villianous nature of insurance companies has not, however prevented Pelosi from accepting campaign contributions from them.
Johathan Allen of CQ Politics notes that "Pelosi, of course, has accepted campaign contributions from said villains this year and in the past, as have most of her Democratic colleagues. Pelosi's campaign committee, for example, took $2,500 from AFLAC's political action committee on April 13. But she's not giving the money back just because she thinks the sources are immoral and villainous.
"'As the Speaker's opposition to the health insurance companies being in charge of American's health care shows, there is no link between political contributions and positions on policy,' said her spokesman Brendan Daly."
Thus far, reporters in Connecticut, once referred to as the “insurance capital of the world,” have not asked members of Connecticut’s U.S. Congressional delegation, all Democrats like Pelosi, whether they believe such home grown insurance companies as Aetna and the Hartford are immoral villains.
Perhaps Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman or U.S. Reps Larson, DeLauro, Himes and Courtney would consider offering Pelosi and the insurance villain of her choice a beer at one of their houses.