[OPE] From the Department of Unbiased Research

From: michael perelman <michael@ecst.csuchico.edu>
Date: Wed Nov 18 2009 - 21:34:19 EST

  "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an assortment of national business
groups opposed to President Obama's health-care reform effort are
collecting money to finance an economic study that could be used to
portray the legislation as a job killer and threat to the nation's
economy, according to an e-mail solicitation from a top Chamber official."

  "The e-mail, written by the Chamber's senior health policy manager and
obtained by The Washington Post, proposes spending $50,000 to hire a
"respected economist" to study the impact of health-care legislation,
which is expected to come to the Senate floor this week, would have on
jobs and the economy."

  "Step two, according to the e-mail, appears to assume the outcome of
the economic review: "The economist will then circulate a sign-on letter
to hundreds of other economists saying that the bill will kill jobs and
hurt the economy. We will then be able to use this open letter to
produce advertisements, and as a powerful lobbying and grass-roots

Shear, Michael D. 2009. "Health Bill Foes Solicit Funds for Economic
Study." Washington Post (16 November).

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA
530 898 5321
fax 530 898 5901
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