'First of all, you are absolutely right that the insurance companies, in some cases, have been constructive. So I'll give you a particular example. Aetna has been trying to work with us in dealing with some of this preexisting conditions stuff. And that's absolutely true. And there are other companies who have done the same. Now... in some cases what we've seen is also funding in opposition by some other insurance companies to any kind of reform proposals. So my intent is not to vilify insurance companies. If I was vilifying them, what we would be doing would be to say that private insurance has no place in the health care market, and some people believe that.' (bolding from the DMCB).
Talk about a political blunder. Thanks to a deal with big pharma, a separate deal with the hospitals and breaking bread with the AMA, the only villain left standing was the health insurance industry. Now that’s gone.