S.C.R.E.W. (Selfish Companies Reaping Excessive Windfalls) Figure Nailed in AP Story

A House member implicated by the Oklahoma Political News Service in the SCREW-ing Old People and Charities Act, also known as SB 1980, has been slammed in a story by the Associated Press.

“They can say I’m the devil and I’ve been bought off. It’s absolutely not true.”

OKPNS first told you in April that Rep. Ron Peterson was carrying water for the American Council for Life Insurance (ACLI), who wanted to slip the bill past the public before anybody noticed. After the OKPNS story, the bill slowed down somewhat, but it appears more people are indeed noticing. Here’s the AP’s take on what OKPNS told you last month. Try to keep from laughing too hard when Peterson, the insurance industry’s flunky, denies that he is the insurance industry’s flunky!

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker who has blocked legislation that would require health insurers to cover a variety of medical procedures and conditions has accepted thousands of dollars in donations from individuals or political action committees with ties to the insurance industry, records show.

Rep. Ron Peterson, chairman of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee, has received a total of $64,600 in election campaign contributions since Jan. 1, 2007, according to records filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Of the total, $20,075 came from people or PACs with ties to the insurance industry.

Peterson, R-Broken Arrow, is the former owner of a property and casualty insurance agency and his wife is a part-time independent insurance agent. Peterson said the campaign contributions and his close ties to the industry have not influenced his position on insurance mandate legislation.

“They can say I’m the devil and I’ve been bought off. It’s absolutely not true,” Peterson said. Peterson said he opposes insurance mandates and believes they drive up the cost of health insurance, making it unaffordable for many Oklahomans. Read more…

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