Ah, the Blue Dogs. Standing up for “fiscal caution”.
And by that I mean “donations from the health care industry”.
Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., is the point man for the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats who object to portions of the sweeping overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system moving through the House. The group’s objections resulted in compromise legislation that includes higher payments for rural providers and softens a public insurance option.
But publicly available invitations indicate Ross was the guest of honor for at least seven fundraisers held by healthcare companies or their lobbyists this year, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The 52 Blue Dog members outpaced other congressional political action committees in fundraising so far this year, collecting more than $1.1 million through June, the Post said. More than half the money came from the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries, a Center for Public Integrity analysis indicated.