-Green Day's "Know Your Enemy"
A lobbyist for a private health insurance industry tells Congressional Republicans to not work with the Democrats on the hill with the health care reform bill becasue, in Steve Champlin's words, they'd be giving "comfort to the enemy."
"There is absolutely no interest, no reason Republicans should ever vote for this thing. They have gone from a party that got killed 11 months ago to a party that is rising today. And they are rising up on the turmoil of health care," said Champlin. "So when they vote for a health care reform bill, whatever it is, they are giving comfort to the enemy who is down."
"Long before the Republicans discovered that the House bill was a strategy to kill seniors and all that kind of stuff the plan was already unpopular," he added, underscoring why Republicans shouldn't attach themselves to the legislation.
The remarks came during the opening session of AHIP's annual State Issues Conference in which both Champlin and his co-panelist seemed to concede that reform would pass and will include a variation of a public option for insurance coverage.
At least Champlin was kind enough to reveal that he, and the company he represents, are one of the villians in this story.