Koch Brothers vs. Health Reform

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Conservative activists will rally at the Supreme Court tomorrow to encourage the overturn of the Affordable Care Act. The “Hands Off My Health Care” protest—which will feature the likes of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sens. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul—is being organized by Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing group financed by industrialists Charles and David Koch. The billionaire brothers provided the seed money to get this organization off the ground and have donated at least $5 million overall (possibly a lot more) to its operations. David Koch still serves as the group’s chairman.

These facts belie the image that Americans for Prosperity would like to present as a humble grassroots organization. The stories we see today about regular Americans coming to D.C. to protest evil health reform are directly attributable to the corporate interests that the Koch brothers represent.

Yet the Kochs’ impact on the current court battle doesn’t end there. Group after group participating in the lawsuit to destroy the Affordable Care Act is a beneficiary of the Koch brothers’ largess—reflecting the outsized influence that these guys wield in our political debate. Indeed, one wonders whether this effort would be happening at all if not for these two billionaires with a direct interest in avoiding government regulation.

One of the most important groups in this case is the National Federation of Independent Business, which is bringing one of the lawsuits now before the Supreme Court. This group has received $88,000 from the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is controlled by none other than Charles Koch.

Several organizations that have filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court have received substantial donations from the Koch family as well. These groups include:

In addition, a Court-appointed attorney used a study by the Rand Corporation to show the impact of the individual mandate in the health care bill—even though Rand has received $100,000 from none other than the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.

Given this set of facts, the sheer reach of the Koch brothers in the movement to overturn health care reform is staggering. They have seeded and cultivated the very network of organizations that’s now threatening to undo the most significant progressive reform in a generation. As shown in Brave New Foundation’s new film, Koch Brothers Exposed, Charles and David Koch are, in effect, holding up the conservative sky.

So this week as we watch the rallies and press conferences and legal wrangling—not to mention the media pundits lavishing attention to the hubbub—let’s remember that this spectacle is not the result of some organic, grassroots outpouring of opposition to the idea that all Americans should have health insurance. It’s rooted in concentrated wealth belonging to men aiming to bend our democracy to their will.

39 Comments on "Koch Brothers vs. Health Reform"

  1. EazyCZ 17 | Mar 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm |

    This is nothing but bullshit.  It isn’t lost on us readers that you purposely failed to mention missed all the liberal organizations pushing for the law controlled by people like George Soros.  Why the seletive outrage?   Without the Koch brothers there would be no way to counteract the progressive propaganda that is spewed recklessly from liberal groups.  The only reason you dislike the Koch brothers is because you do not believe in their causes.  You have no problem with other billionaires pushing legislation you agree with.  What a pathetic hyporcrit you are.  You can lie all you want in your articles but you cannot blame the Koch’s for the healthcare law being so wildly unpopular.  Americans hate it by a 2-3 margin, it doesn’t matter what poll you look at.  Quit trying to blame people for opposing a law that is fundamentally flawed and unconstitutional to begin with.

    • What_me_worry | Mar 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |

       >Why the seletive outrage?

      Here’s why:

      When you trace the origins of Disinfo’s philosophy, you discover radical leftists like Herbert Marcuse who in the 1960s wrote:

      >”Liberating tolerance means intolerance of movements from the right and toleration of movements from the Left.”

      Borrowing from the fatally flawed & deeply biased “Authoritarian Personality” study by Marxist revolutionary Theodor Adorno and others, people like Marcuse (and like many or the posts you see on Disinfo) argued that right-wing/conservative/libertarian/traditionalist ideologies are _inherently_ flawed, and that anyone who promotes such ideas is mentally unstable. It’s a nifty rhetorical trick: tag your opponents as crazy, and you don’t have to take their arguments seriously or give them a fair hearing.

      But, of course, it’s a pose. Disinfo’s selective outrage about people like the Koch brothers does not apply to their own capitalism. Oh no.  They apply Marcuse’s tactic with aplomb: Koch brothers promoting their preferred stance is immoral, Soros and Disinfo promoting their preferred stance is perfectly normal and natural. Thus, Disinfo can bash capitalism at the same time they have sponsored advertisements and sell merchandise.


      •  > the fatally flawed & deeply biased “Authoritarian Personality” study by Marxist revolutionary

        Sounds like it hit you too close to home.

      • Calypso_1 | Mar 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm |

        “When you trace the origins of Disinfo’s philosophy, you discover radical leftists like Herbert Marcus”

        I didn’t know Marcuse was a member of the Church of the SubGenius!

    • Calypso_1 | Mar 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm |

      as of yet it is not unconstitutional.

    • you should familiarize yourself with the concept of moral equivalence

      • Moral equivalence?  Whose morals.  I am sick of the government and other people trying to dictate what is right or wrong and what I should and should not feel bad about.  I feel absolutely no moral compulsion to share any of my wealth with others, period.  I am not responsible for others being unable to afford something anymore than they are responsible for me being able to.  Regardless of what you pipe dreaming progressives, wait I will use the proper term, communist would like to think there is no such thing as a socialist utopia, we cannot all be equal and equally consume and share resources.  People without anything may be comfortable with that concept but I am not.

        • Sounds very Republican, or to use the proper term, Nazi.

          Heil Hitler!

          • Thank you for that.  We can all now clearly see you have no intelligent recourse and consequently nothing to add to this discussion.  Anyone who disagrees with a liberal is now either a “Nazi” or a “Racist”.  I have got to be honest and say you Libs, just like my girlfriend, are kind of cute when you get mad. 

          • I never said you were a racist, which makes it rather suspicious that you would bring it up.

          •  I did say “either”.  I could feel you were only moments away from calling me one, just waiting for me to mention Obama or Trayvon. 

          • Yes, it is.

          • Ad Hitlerum: Discussion Over.

        • You should familiarize yourself with the psychological process known as “splitting.”

        • Funny

        • Mr Willow | Mar 27, 2012 at 2:21 am |

          Oh, boy. That sounds like a world worth living in: 

          Devoid of any compassion and empathy, fixated upon material possessions, trudging merrily beside one another—yet not acknowledging one another unless one of us asks another to share, or steps on another’s shoes, for that is the ultimate insult, as our possessions define us, and to acquire more possessions while protecting those already acquired is placed above the lives of those walking beside us. 

          • Christians worship at the altar of the Demon of Greed, Mammon. They scream how much they hate to please him. They seek gain more Earthly possessions. They howl their beastly hate at those who love. They shriek that Greed is good. No man deserves of another mans treasures.

            Meanwhile, Jesus weeps. Satan glories.

            And these so called Christians wake up to worship Satan once again.

          • Ronniedobbs | Mar 27, 2012 at 8:05 am |


        • Erisoracle23 | Mar 27, 2012 at 6:55 am |

          Don’t worry you are too ignorant to have any real wealth (Bio feedback info) to share. Take your pretend wealth which you call money and go far away with the other selfish money addicts your time is done. Time for the evolutionary tipping point.

        • mysophobe | Mar 27, 2012 at 9:37 am |

          We don’t tax wealth in America, we tax transactions. It’s pay to play. No one is forcing you to contribute.

    •  Yes most Americans wanted the reform to go further ie universal health care (you kind of left that little bit out, you funny propagandist, you).
      It all boils down to the Koch(head) brothers wanting to pyshcopathicaly own and control everything, to keep the working person down, to keep them poor and desperate, to be able threaten workers with denial of health care for their children.
      All the lies, deceit, propaganda, spewed out by a sick and depraved right wing, masquerading behind Christianity (whilst acting in a manner wildly at divergence to the demands of caring and sharing required of real Christians).
      Just pure insensate greed, the lizard minded on the world stage, pants around their ankles, exposed to world as tiny wrinkly impotent scrots, ahh, the Koch(head) boys what a disappointing example of humanity.
      The way history will paint them for thousands of years as obscene caricature of humanity, the shame their ancestors will feel for being related to them, their whole PR=B$ machine unravelling, before the piggish little eyes. All that mass media egoistic billionaire celebrity status evaporating leaving a ugly slimy stain in it’s place.
      The difference by the odd ‘public’ donation of George Soros and the psychopathic scheming of the Koch(head)boys with their propaganda stink tanks, their junk journalists on the payroll, their hordes of lobbyists, millions in campaign contributions to politicians, PR=B$ firms and, of course Fox not-news advertising as news paid for with advertising dollars.
      See it is really easy to be selective in the outrage when they don’t behave the same and when one supports psychopathic selfishness greed and lust for power.

      • Awwww poor guy, sounds like someone is extra crabby tonight.  Again, your problem isn’t with the Koch brothers, you’re only mad because your “side” cannot compete with their wealth and influence.  Thank god for the Koch brothers, without their influence the progressives would have already taken over this nation.  I for one am grateful to them for using their vast resources to check the government and sway public opinion in the way that they have.

        • Calypso_1 | Mar 27, 2012 at 12:09 am |

          George Washington ate shad roe – so should you.

        • Mr Willow | Mar 27, 2012 at 1:58 am |

          Again, your problem isn’t with the Koch brothers, you’re only mad because your “side” cannot compete with their wealth and influence. Thank god for the Koch brothers, without their influence the progressives would have already taken over this nation. 

          Thank you for admitting that we do not live in a democracy—representative or otherwise—and are, in fact, ruled by billionaires in a feudal plutocracy. 

          Your honesty is appreciated.

        • Eric_D_Read | Mar 27, 2012 at 5:46 am |

          centralized government power and control = oppression
          centralized corporate power and control    = liberty

    • mysophobe | Mar 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm |

      Meaningless emotional ranting. You make only one vaguely factual statement: “Americans hate it (Obamacare?) by a 2-3 margin” which happens to be incorrect. Below you claim that there is no intelligent recourse to your assertions. I submit that you make no intelligent assertions worthy of recourse.

  2. Rex Vestri | Mar 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm |

    Well, this one definitely seems to be bringing the Koch-sucker shills out of the woodwork!

  3. JoiquimCouteau | Mar 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm |

    Modern health care is abysmal, therefore anything that calls itself “health reform” must be preferable! How dare anyone stand in the way of progress!

  4. There’s also going to be a Kiss You Sister booth, face painting (all black face), moonshine venders and free banjo lessons for the kids.

  5. Calypso_1 | Mar 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm |

    double post

  6. I supported the health reform until I found out its not free, now I don’t support it anymore. Because I have a very busy life playing video games, and I just can’t spare the time to work. Maybe they can raise taxes a bit so I don’t have to work? This is a flawless idea, and anyone who opposes it is a Nazi.

  7. Marklar_Prime | Mar 27, 2012 at 4:18 am |

    Well, so much for debating an issue on it’s actual flaws or merits.

  8.  command economies always fail–Obamacare is a planned economy–this president is a failure.

    • Eric_D_Read | Mar 27, 2012 at 10:08 am |

      “Obamacare is a planned economy”
      So is one run by bankers.

    • Every country in the world has command elements in their economies, yet they haven’t all failed.

      Every country except for Somalia, that is.  Is that what you’re hoping America becomes?

      • Calypso_1 | Mar 27, 2012 at 11:11 am |

        Somalia isn’t as bad as the western press likes to play it.  It’s economy is better than some of America’s allies in the region that have ‘stable’ federal governments. 

  9. Gunnar Wordon | Apr 1, 2012 at 7:24 am |

    George Soros runs the left. He is the Koch Brothers of Haight Ashbury. They are both evils destroying democracy. But what are we going to do about it?

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