“Immoral” and “villains” are among the words she has used to describe the companies for their opposition to a publicly run health plan. And she has castigated their policies of refusing to take care of pre-existing medical conditions and capping benefits of cancer patients.
“The glory days are coming to an end,” Pelosi warned those companies, vowing to build support for the bill she’s pushing.
But will the tough talk bring to an end insurance industry campaign contributions to Pelosi?
For the current 2009-2010 election cycle, insurance industry contributions to Pelosi total $41,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Only health professionals have given her more money, $113,000, according to the group, which tracks campaign contributions to lawmakers and lobbying activities. In the 2007-2008, of the top 20 industries contributing to her, insurance contributions ranked fifth, totaling $177,000 out of a total $3.78 million raised.