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Joe Lieberman’s wife opposes healthcare reform

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And she gets paid to do that—so Joe goes along, I guess. Joe Conason:

If Democrats are disappointed by Joe Lieberman’s threat to filibuster any healthcare reform bill that includes a public option, they shouldn’t be. Despite all of his past promises to support universal healthcare, nothing was more predictable than the Connecticut senator’s fealty to the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists.

Much the same can be said of Sen. Evan Bayh, who emerged from hiding on healthcare to announce that he too plans to filibuster against reform with the Republicans, regardless of what his constituents and Americans in general plainly want. Like Lieberman, his state is home to powerful corporations that want reform killed — and like Lieberman, his wife has brought home very big paychecks from those same interests. . (UPDATE: A report published in a South Bend paper Thursday night says Bayh may now support a floor debate.)

The Lieberman family’s financial ties to the health industry are no secret, yet their full extent remains unknown. During her husband’s 2006 reelection campaign, Hadassah Lieberman’s employment as a "senior counselor" to Hill & Knowlton, one of the world’s biggest lobbying firms, briefly erupted as an issue, especially because the clients she served were in the controversial pharmaceutical and insurance sectors. Exactly what she did for those clients has never been disclosed.

At the time she joined the public relations and lobbying conglomerate in the spring of 2005, she expressed the touching hope that she would somehow be able to help those in need. "I have had a lifelong commitment to helping people gain better healthcare," she said in a press release. "I am excited about the opportunity to work with the talented team at Hill & Knowlton to counsel a terrific stable of clients toward that same goal." Less than a year later, having pocketed $77,000 in salary, she quit without explanation — just as her husband was facing a tough primary that he would eventually lose. Throughout the campaign, Hadassah Lieberman, her husband and their spokespersons explicitly refused to discuss her professional activities, except to note that she had not been required to register as a lobbyist.

But her stint at Hill & Knowlton was merely one episode in a professional lifetime devoted to the corporate health sector. For most of the past three decades, …

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Written by LeisureGuy

30 October 2009 at 10:26 am

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  1. Joe must go

    zenjimbob@msn.com

    3 November 2009 at 10:04 am

  2. Joe must go…

    zenjimbob@msn.com

    3 November 2009 at 10:06 am

  3. Joe Leiberman is nothing more than a tool for lobbyists to use and should be stripped of his committee chairmanships at the very least. He’s a disgrace to Congress and a prime example of what’s wrong in Washington D.C. It’s time Americans stood up to these flagrant violaters of the voters trust and sent them packing. If we don’t we will lose our ability to have a government OF the people and FOR the people. In fact, because of American apathy, we’ve almost already lost it. We have nobody to blame but ourselves if this continues.

    Jim S

    14 December 2009 at 11:04 am

  4. I totally agree. What a snake he is.

    LeisureGuy

    14 December 2009 at 11:37 am


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