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  •  And this is why Obama is POTUS (2+ / 0-)
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    rather than Hillary: Hillary wasn't willing to be bought by the insurance industry.

    •  Uh (3+ / 0-)

      they bought Hillary, too:

      As of July, people affiliated with the health sector and political action committees (PACs) associated with the sector had contributed about $29 million to presidential candidates, including $8.8 million to Obama, $6.6 million to Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, the former Democratic contender, and $4.7 million to McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (, a nonpartisan organization that researches money in politics

      And of course, the reason Obama had more donations from the health sector by July 2008 was that it was clear by May that Obama would be the nominee, so donations to Clinton slowed to a trickle.

      Not to mention there was this:

      As she runs for re-election to the Senate from New York this year and lays the groundwork for a possible presidential bid in 2008, Mrs. Clinton is receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers and insurers. Nationwide, she is the No. 2 recipient of donations from the industry, trailing only Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a member of the Republican leadership.

      But other than all that, Hillary wasn't willing to be bought by the insurance industry.

      "In the long run, Americans will always do the right thing — after exploring all other alternatives." - Winston Churchill

      by puakev on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 03:13:54 PM PST

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    •  No. He's President in no small part because (0+ / 0-)

      he promised "No Mandates".

      Fear is your only God.

      by JesseCW on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 08:05:16 PM PST

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      •  That too (0+ / 0-)

        But he went selling himself to Insurance and Pharma as a better deal than Hillary.

        But mainly he is president rather than Hillary because he has the most essential qualification of all, one that she lacks: the one between his legs.

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