House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time yesterday suggested she may be wavering on her support of the public option by saying she would support any provision that increases competition and accessibility for health insurance - whether or not it is the public option favored by most Democrats.
Pelosi ruled out any non-negotiable positions," according to CNN. This was also corroborated by the Associated Press, and by Pelosi's own words, as quoted in those stories.
This announcement came just hours before Steve Elmendorf, a registered UnitedHealth lobbyist and the head of UnitedHealth's lobbying firm Elmendorf Strategies, blasted this email invitation throughout Washington, D.C.
The sequencing here is important: Pelosi makes her announcement and then just hours later, the fundraising invitation goes out. Coincidental? I'm guessing no - these things rarely ever are.
From: Steve Elmendorf [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 8:31 AM
Subject: event with Speaker Pelosi at my home
You are cordially invited to a reception with
Speaker of the House
Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:30pm ~ 8:00pm
At the home of
2301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
To RSVP or for additional information please contact
Carmela Clendening at (202) 485-3508 or email@example.com
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SOLUTIONS
900 7th Street NW Suite 750 Washington DC 20001
Disgusting! Let's let Pelosi know what we think of her little "reception" at the home of UnitedHealth Lobbyists.