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Health Care Rally Debates Senator Bayh’s Campaign Contributions

A downtown rally in Bloomington this morning over health care brought up concerns about Senator Evan Bayh’s campaign contributions.

The rally organizers are from the Move On DOT org political action group. They say the public option is needed in health care reform to insure competition that would bring down prices of private insurance companies.

“My hope is that we send a message to Senator Bayh that his constituents really want and need public option,” says rally organizer Beth Kirk. “We’re really hoping that he will do the right thing and support the public option despite the campaign contributions from the health insurance industry.”

An analysis of campaign contributions shows that Senator Bayh has taken almost $704,000 from insurance and HMO interests during his career.

“Even those of us who are in good shape now, in five years we may not be able to afford medical care, so I’m concerned for myself, for other citizens, I’m concerned for my children and their future and other children.”

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