Until now, the Democratic Party has shied away from hitting insurance companies during the health reform debate. But after after PricewaterhouseCoopers' insurance-industry-commissioned report on the Baucus health plan, that's changed.
The party sent an email last night to its full supporters list, 13 million strong, seeking to use the report to rally its support base. In it, Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart blasted the report, asked supporters to sign a pro-health-reform petition to Congress, and supplied them with a link to donate.
Since the current health reform debate began, it was the
first time the Democratic Party has sent its supporters an email
And in an email to reporters yesterday, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse accused the industry of "working feverishly to scuttle reform to protect its bottom line"--going well beyond official Democratic Party rhetoric against the insurance industry up to this point.
Commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans (the insurance industry's lobbying group), the PricewaterhouseCoopers report concluded that several provisions in the Senate Finance Committee would cause health care costs to rise faster than under current law, and Democratic lawmakers have spent the last two days bashing it as deceptive, noting that it didn't analyze some of the cost-saving provisions, like subsidies to help buy insurance.