Healthcare battle continues

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Healthcare battle continues The fight over healthcare reform has intensified as one organization is planning a webcast warning of government takeover of the health system, while a newly published report has found lawmakers who oppose the reform have received the highest industry donations.

The FRC Action, the legislative lobbying arm of Family Research Council, is hosting a special webcast on Tuesday morning to mobilize opposition to what it sees as the government’s effort to take over the healthcare system.

The panel, which will include congressional leaders as well as FRC Action President Tony Perkins, will analyze the moral, ethical and financial aspects of the proposed reform.

"The takeover will suffocate small business owners with incalculable new taxes [and] it would mandate taxpayer-funded abortion, abortifacient drugs and limit end-of-life care," Perkins complained.

"From the inevitability of rationed care to diminishing human dignity, the president’s plan amounts to a prescription for a health care disaster," he added.

Meanwhile, Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF), a nonprofit organization which advocates campaign finance reform and holding elected officials accountable, has published results of its analysis of campaign contributions to members of key congressional committees handling health reform legislation.

It found that members of three committees who voted against reform have received significantly more in campaign contributions from the health and insurance industries than those who voted for reform.

"The blocs of lawmakers on both the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Finance Committees who are slowing the pace and scope of reform are also huge recipients of health and insurance money," says David Donnelly, national campaigns director of PCAF.
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