Who is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3?
According to the Center for Justice and Democracy, these are some facts about Senator Bill Frist, MD:
The basis of the Frist family fortune is the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, which was founded by Frist's father and brother.
Frist and his wife have $26 million in HCA stock in a so-called blind trust.
HCA has agreed to pay the federal government more than $1.7 billion in civil and criminal penalties, the largest health care settlement in history, for massive Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare billing fraud.
Frist has gotten more than $2.3 million from doctors, health insurers, drug companies and others in the health care industry, roughly 20 percent of all the contributions to his two Senate races, raising more cash from health-care interests than 98 percent of his colleagues.
Frist has voted against patients' rights to sue their HMOs for failure to provide adequate treatment while supporting tax subsidies to HMOs and insurance companies to offer prescription drugs to seniors, rather than providing them through Medicare. Frist has received $123,750 in campaign cash from HMOS.
To date, Frist has received $265,023 from the pharmaceutical industry. The
pharmaceutical industry was also the largest single contributor to the National
Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee that Frist chaired, giving about $4 million and Lilly was the single biggest contributor to the GOP from that industry, having given $1.6 million in the last election cycle.
In 2002, Frist engineered the insertion of a provision into the Homeland Security bill that would protect Eli Lilly and other pharmaceutical giants from lawsuits over mercury in vaccines. Not long after Frist introduced the legislation, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug industry's trade group, gave $10,000 to his political action committee.
This report from: http://www.centerjd.org/free/mythbusters-free/Frist.pdf
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