In a mass e-mail dated April 5, Heath Shuler speaks about the need for reform in our health-care system, about Republican obstructionism, and about the bitter partisan divide in Washington. But in the long debate over health care, he consistently allied himself with the obstructionists and with the industries that fatten themselves on the suffering of Americans.
A quick look at the contributors to his enormous campaign coffers belies his message of caring. Pharmaceuticals, health-product companies, insurers, health professionals and big tobacco are major contributors to [Rep.] Shuler, and his vote against health-care reform was much more about pleasing them than worrying over the impact of reform on small businesses. If he really cared about his constituents, he would work to protect them, to help them, to make sure they have full access to medical care. He has chosen instead to actively support those who simply don't care.
— Michael Carlebach