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Dems launch robocalls against Rep. Bill Young



UPDATE: Young replies, "This is more of the typical creative trash the DCCC puts out against Republicans.  Right now I'm pretty busy reading the three separate bills containing 3,000 pages that are being offered by the Democrats in the House, all of which basically put the federal government in charge of America's health program."


Democrats today launched a campaign against U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, accusing him in robocalls to constituents of being a pawn of the health insurance industry.

"This is the DCCC with an important message about your health care," the recorded message says. "Insurance companies are posting record profits while health bills skyrocket. Now they are lining up to stop health care reforms and protect profits. Congressman Bill Young took almost $40,000 from the insurance industry and now he’s trying to block reform … like reducing costs by forcing them to compete and preventing insurance companies from denying you coverage. Call Congressman Young today. Ask him to stop standing up for insurance companies and start standing up for us."

Young is one of 25 Republicans being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

While it's true he has gotten $38,700 from the insurance industry, Young is hardly among the top recipients, likely because he's a defense appropriator. As this list shows, many Democrats have taken in more, including Florida Reps. Kathy Castor ($39,100) and Suzanne Kosmas ($96,987).

Rep. Henry Waxman, chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee, a major panel that handled health care, took in $121,000. Rep. Charles Rangel, another top Democrat, took in $1.4 million, according to the data, which looks at all years.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:55pm]


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