The Republican Party Is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the Insurance Industry

"The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."

That's what I said on the House floor this afternoon.

The Republicans squealed like pigs and immediately demanded that my words be "taken down" as they say in the House. But they can't say it's not true.

House ethics rules prevent me from posting video here, but you can see the whole thing over at Firedoglake.

I have never met a single Republican who is not a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry. But as for me, I'm not owned by anyone.

To prove it to the Republicans and special interest, I'm organizing 2,000 grassroots donors to stand up and show them that we won't back down, and they can't silence us.

I've been saying this all along: We have to stop making concession after concession to win Republican votes. We haven't won over a single person from the other side.

That's why I'm so pessimistic about tomorrow's health care summit. We know the Republicans won't bring any real ideas for reform.

But just in case the Republicans thought they could tap dance their way through the summit without getting called on their baloney, I'm going to be live-blogging all day at Daily Kos.