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Insurance company puppet Richard Burr

burrToday the nonpartisan group Public Campaign Action Fund, a watchdog organization that advocates for public financing of political campaigns, named Sen. Richard Burr as one of its top insurance puppets.

The group released its top four insurance company puppets this week. The list includes senators Mitch McConnell, Joe Lieberman, Chuck Grassley, and North Carolina’s own Burr.

Here’s what the Public Campaign Action Fund says in part:

Although he has many competitors, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is second to none in distorting the facts about health care reform. In just the past two months, he has repeated false claims about the bills under consideration, including the statements that the bills do not cover all Americans and that proposed insurance reforms are limited to preventing discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. But it’s not hard to understand why Sen. Burr would fudge the truth: he has received significant campaign contributions from a health insurance industry desperately opposed to any changes to the status quo.

You can read the entire analysis here. And be sure to send your congratulations to Sen. Burr!

3 Comments


  1. Alex

    December 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    All you have to do is call his office and talk to someone who all but tells you forget about health care reform have a nice day.

  2. Adam Linker

    December 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    To be fair, Burr did introduce his own health reform bill — apparently he thought it would be most effective to not introduce any health care bills during the six years Republicans controlled Washington. Then, once Democrats gained power and began talking about health reform Burr saw the light and filed legislation.

  3. Lou Meyers

    December 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Here is another corporate shill that is out of touch with reality and his constituents. It won’t matter how much of our premium dollars Blue Cross sends his way——-he’ll be history in 2010.

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