UnitedHealth Purchases Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Retreat from the Public Option

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Kudos to David Sirota for uncovering and reporting this story about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s corruption and the legalized bribery that controls her and the positions she takes.


Pelosi, for the first time yesterday suggested she may be backing off her support of the public option. According to CNN, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “said they would support any provision that increases competition and accessibility for health insurance – whether or not it is the public option favored by most Democrats.” When “asked if inclusion of a public option was a non-negotiable demand – as her previous statements had indicated  Pelosi ruled out any non-negotiable positions,” according to CNN.

Pelosi’s flip-flop on demanding the public option be part of any healthcare reform bill came just hours before Steve Elmendorf, who is a registered UnitedHealth lobbyist and the head of UnitedHealth’s lobbying firm Elmendorf Strategies, sent this email invitation to Washington DC swells. Sirota got his hands on a copy of the invitation from a source:

From: Steve Elmendorf [mailto:steve@elmendorfstrategies.com]
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
Nancy Pelosi

Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:30pm ~ 8:00pm

At the home of
Steve Elmendorf
2301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Apt. 7B
Washington, D.C.

$5,000 PAC
$2,400 Individual

To RSVP or for additional information please contact
Carmela Clendening at (202) 485-3508 or clendening@dccc.org

Steve Elmendorf
900 7th Street NW Suite 750  Washington DC 20001
(202) 737-1655

Sirota aptly concludes:

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. Corruption and legalized bribery has become so widespread that nobody in Washington even tries to hide it. This is about as good an example of that truism as I’ve ever seen.

So, say again San Francisco, why did 72% of you reelect Nancy Pelosi to another term? Surely, it isn’t because she reflects your priorities and values?

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20 Responses to UnitedHealth Purchases Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Retreat from the Public Option

  1. feminazi says:

    I know how much you dislike Pelosi and how disappointed you’ve been with her leadership. The more I learn about her, the better I understand why this is so. As Speaker, she can’t think people will take her seriously is she reverses course on the Public Option after being basically purchased by a lobbyist? The American people deserve better and she isn’t it.

  2. Nothing will ever change in DC until money and lobbyists are barred. Since money and lobbyists will never be barred, nothing will ever change in DC. At least I’ve got booze.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    Pelosi is worth $35 million? Why would she sell her soul (assuming she has a soul) to a UnitedHealth lobbyist? I mean, it isn’t like she’s hurting for coin and the negative repercussions of flip flopping on support for the public option is greater than giving the Blue and Yellow Dogs cover. She’s acting more like a Republican every day she’s Speaker.

  4. Tao says:

    I don’t know why everyone thinks Americans deserve better leadership…

  5. Mauigirl says:

    I’m with Randal…am getting more and more cynical about government every day. And Tao has a point too if you think about how so many Americans have been acting this summer!

  6. Scott Dancer says:

    Watching the healthcare reform debate unfold is a lot like watching a baby being born. If it’s you child, the process is beautiful but, if it belongs to a stranger, the process is horrific.

    The Democrats and President Obama continue to try and paint the Republicans as obstructionists but in fact, the Democrats can easily pass health care reform if they want to pass it. They have the votes — even with the untimely passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

    But they want us to think if they fail to achieve a meaning heath care reform bill, it’s because of the GOP. This is utter BS.

    Look at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Two weeks ago, she said no health care reform bill will pass the House if it doesn’t include the public option. But not we learn, a powerful lobbyist has bought her reversal on the issue. Who will she blame next week if called on the carpet by reporters?

    Failure to pass health care reform — the type of which voters overwhelming want, is a reflection on the Democrats failure to achieve unity among their ranks. They can’t get it done because their leadership is weak. On Capitol Hill, Speaker Pelosi is a joke and often ridiculed behind her back and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in serious trouble back home in Nevada.

    They can’t lead because they’re not leaders.

    Look at the Blue Dog Democrats. Their numbers are roughly 30, but neither Pelosi or Reid can unify them. So, 30 Blue Dog Democrats are helping hold meaningful health care reform hostage. This is embarrassing. Neither Pelosi or Reid can keep them in-line.

    Which brings me President Obama. He has made “bringing bipartisanship back to Washington” more important than remembering the American people who charged him with a mandate to create a health bill reform bill with teeth. As a candidate, Obama said he supported Single Payer. Then, he retreated and embraced the Public Option. Now, his support for the Public Option — while still intact, was referred to at the very end of his speech to the Joints Session of Congress. He commands so little respect that the party opposite heckled him and called him a liar.

    If the Democrats don’t get health care reform done now while they control the whole town, rest assured, it won’t happen after 2010 when the Democrats lose their majority in the House. But losing the House will give these spineless Democrats another excuse to blame the GOP for their failure to deliver for the American people.

  7. Harry says:

    The “PC” crowd says if you don’t like Pelosi that make you a misogynist. Wrong again. I dislike her because she’s a liar and an idiot.

  8. libhomo says:

    Pelosi always was a far right Gopper who poses as a Democrat because her district is in SF. The Green Party looks better every day.

  9. Brigadoon says:

    This bitch is as corrupt as a $3 dollar bill. I have a friend in LA who attended a book signing with Pelosi and he tried to mention the killing of gay Iraqis to her and he said she never looked at him once in the eye and just said, “Isn’t that awful.” Then her security led him away. Friend to the gay community? With friends like Pelosi………..,

  10. TOM339 says:

    Nancy and Paul Pelosi are war profiteers.

    Like Dianne Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, the Pelosis personal finances are heavily invested in the military, industrial complex.

    How do you think a couple can amass a fortune some estimate to be close to $50 million dollars? Why do you think as Speaker, Pelosi did so little to use her influence to stop the Iraq war?

    This is the real scandal waiting to be unearthed if we had an engaged, investigative media willing to do its job.

  11. Gleneagle says:

    I wish Miss Nancy would just go back to Pacific Heights and resume life as a hoity-toity socialite, hosting teas for the girls and attending the opening of the opera.

    As Speaker of the House of Representatives, she’s a sobering example of how low the bar is for political office.

    With Pelosi (and Reid) running the Congress, I think the public option is DOA.

  12. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Here’s how Pelosi’s people are trying to spin it.

    They’re claiming Steve Elmendorf is gay and will be a spy inside the insurance industry and report back to Congress if the execs violate the new rules, like discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.

    I know what you’re thinking already. The logic isn’t there and I don’t think anyone is going to buy it.

  13. Walk on Socks says:

    Stephen – No offense but what does Steve Elmendorf being gay (allegedly) have to do with the price of tea in China?

    The fact of the matter is, Nancy Pelosi said no public option, no healthcare bill will pass the House. Now it appears she’s backing off from this position? If this is true, she will be branded a flip-flopper. Not good.

  14. Estacada says:

    Unless I don’t understand how it works, the insurance companies will be involved in either a public option or a government subsidized version of coverage for low-income Americans.

    So, aren’t we disputing apples and oranges here?

    The difference is, the public option is better for cost containment whereas a government subsidized version of coverage for low-income Americans, has no built-in cost containment features.

    I think Pelosi is trying to have it both ways.

  15. Rob says:

    With each passing day, Pelosi makes me sick. Why she gets re-elected every two years I don’t know.

  16. woyoyo says:

    Barring some sort of scandal, you can’t get these human viruses out of office. Once they’re elected, they’re in it for the next 30 years.

  17. jacksmith says:

    Why A Strong Public Option Is Essential – By jacksmith — Working Class

    Robert Reich explains the pubic option: http://bit.ly/dDYSJ http://robertreich.blogspot.com/

    It’s not just because more than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% republicans). Basically everyone.

    It’s not just because according to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. With 79% of seniors supporting creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!!

    It’s not just because it will lower cost. Because a strong public option will dramatically lower cost for everyone. And dramatically improved the quality of care everyone receives in America and around the World. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    It’s not just because it will save trillions of dollars and prevent the needless deaths of millions more of YOU, caused by a rush to profit by the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    It’s not just because every expert in every field, including economist, and Nobel laureates all agree that free market based healthcare systems don’t work. Never have and never will. The US has the only truly free market based healthcare system in the World. And as you all know now, IT IS A DISASTER!

    It’s not just because providing or denying medically necessary care for profit motivations is wrong. Because it is WRONG! It’s professionally, ethically, and morally REPUGNANT!, Animalistic, VILE and EVIL.


    The public option is ESSENTIAL because over 200 million of you are trapped in the forest of the wolves. Which is the forest of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! With no way out except through needless inhumane suffering, and DEATH. While the wolves tear at your flesh, and rip you limb from lib. Then feast on your lifeless bodies like a dead carcase for transplant parts.

    At the most vulnerable times of your lives (when you were sick and hurting), millions of you have had to fight and loose cruel, but heroic battles. Fighting against the big guns of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! in the forest of the wolves. All because you have no place else to go. You have no other CHOICE!

    But the PUBLIC OPTION will give you someplace safe to go. And it will give us someplace safe to take you. The public option will be your refugium (your refuge). Where the wolves cannot get at you when your down, hurting, and vulnerable. Where everyone who needs it can find rest, security, comfort and the care they need. Protected by the BIG GUNS of We The People Of The United States. THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ON EARTH.

    This is why it is so critical that we do not lead another 50 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans into the forest of the wolves, without the protections of a Strong Government-run public option. We The People Of The United States MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN to any more of our fellow Americans. If healthcare reform does not contain a strong public option on day one. YOU MUST! KILL IT. Or you will do far more harm than good. And millions more will die needlessly. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. NO INDIVIDUAL MANDATES! without a Strong public option on day one.

    To those who would continue to obstruct good and true healthcare reform for the American people, and who seek to trap millions more vulnerable Americans in the forest of the wolves. We will continue to fight you. We are prepared to wage all out war against you, and will eagerly DESTROY! you. Time…is…UP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! No Co-op’s! No Triggers!

    Healthcare reform can be the GREATEST! Accomplishment of our time and century. A time when future generations may say of us, that we were all, AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATIONS.


    I therefore call on all my fellow Americans and the peoples of the World. To join us in this fight so that we may finish becoming the better America that we aspire to be for everyone.


    I have been privileged to be witness as many of you fought, and struggled to take your first breath, and your last breath on this earth. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Life is precious.

    Whatever the cost. WE! MUST SUCCEED.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith — Working Class

    No Triggers! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-rosenbaum/a-trigger-for-the-public_b_277910.html

    Triggers http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sirota/weve-seen-these-triggers_b_283583.html

    Krugman on heathcare (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

    Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSM8t_cLZgk&feature=player_embedded)

  18. Massagatto says:

    I’m sure Phil Burton is rolling over in his grave to think his passing gave birth to his monster.

    Maybe SF will get it right in 2010 and vote Pelosi out?

  19. randal got it right

    pelosi, cantor, boner, hoyer, etc – they are all the same party – the greenback party, the money party – beholden to whomever writes the biggest check

    and if the Supreme Court tosses out McCain-Feingold and allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money

    we all should just move to Bora Bora

    this place will be completelty run to ensure profits of corporations and million dollar CEO salaries
    and let everyone else eat cake

    pelosi is just another cog in the DC money wheel

  20. Big Hank says:

    Do the people of San Francisco really like Pelosi?

    If SF is so liberal and progressive, then they should dislike her intensely from her failure to stop the funding for the Iraq war.

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