Hogwash. Money has everything to do with whose voices are heard in Washington...
...health care corporations and professional organizations have actively engaged the Blue Dogs. So far this year, the Blue Dogs' political action committee has received $301,500 from health care and health insurance PACs. [Congressional Blue Dog leader Mike] Ross, the coalition's lead negotiator, has received $100,600 for his campaign committee and a PAC that he operates.
Ross got together with health care industry donors in June, around the same time the Blue Dogs were challenging the House bill. The event brought his campaign at least $20,000 from health care PACs.
...and whose voices aren't:
[A town hall meeting last month] was a chance for Ross' constituents to be heard. It ran well over the two-hour time limit, but mostly, there was only the familiar bickering about illegal immigrants and the role of government. Just three people without insurance asked questions.
"Many of those individuals who would need a public health care option are those who are not likely to be able to take two hours out of their day to go to a public event like that town hall," says Kevin Motl, a history professor at Ouachita Baptist University who attended the meeting. "They were too busy earning hourly wages and trying to keep roofs above their children's heads. Those voices are not going to be present in that discourse."
It's a basic truth of political analysis that low-income residents — that is, those most likely to be uninsured — are less likely than middle-class people to attend town meetings and less likely to vote. To state the obvious, the poor are also less likely to make campaign contributions [Peter Overby, "Who's Representing the Uninsured on Capitol Hill?" NPR Morning Edition, 2009.09.22].
The folks who need the public option most, the folks Uncle Sam needs to insure, are the folks who are working so hard to pay the bills they don't have time to stop and ask the scoialism criers just what dope they are smoking.
Let's help the working class. Skip the mandate: create competition and save lives by insuring everyone with the public option.