Sheri you do realize that it was in 1994 that the Clinton's helped iniate this ball with the Clean Door Act of 1994.<quoted text>
Thanks. That is a wonderful compliment. I am working on a good letter, but I am having trouble getting it right. At the moment, I am just too angry, and that is not the right tone for such a letter. I am also collecting some mighty fine quotes to use as evidence as I attempt to build just the right letter. I did write to Senator Clinton, and that was a tough one. I am a life-long Democrat, but I did promise that no one supporting these bans would get my vote. We really need an organization in addition to these bitch sessions. If there is one thing I can criticize smokers for, it is their laziness to stand up for themselves. I know many who did not even bother to vote, and that is shameful.
You also know that when RWJF went after the Lay's Corporation that to get them off their backs they got in bed with them and the Clinton's were right in the mix.
Hillary-care moles - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health care reform
National Review, May 19, 1997 by Robert V. Pambianco
Republicans killed HillaryCare, so why are they cozying up to one of its chief promoters?
Mr. Pambianco is a research associate at the Capital Research Center and editor of a newsletter that monitors advocacy groups.
On June 21, 1994, NBC aired a two-hour prime-time special on health-care reform. Hillary Clinton was the special guest for the first half-hour of the program, which portrayed the Clinton plan as a reasonable compromise. So blithely did it pass over any potential problems with the proposed regulatory regime that the Media Research Center, a watchdog group in Alexandria, Va., bestowed upon the special its "Janet Cooke Award" for the "most outrageously distorted news story of the month." Who paid the $2.5 million for the block of time to air this thinly veiled advertising for the Clinton plan (plus another million to promote the special)? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N. J.
APRODUCT of the Johnson & Johnson empire, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with $5 billion in assets, is among the nation's ten largest philanthropies, and it is the largest philanthropy devoted solely to health issues. From the beginning of the Clinton Administration, the powerful RWJF has been closely interlocked with the Administration's efforts on health-care reform. The foundation president, Steven Schroeder, was a leader of the Clintons' health-policy transition team. Bruce Vladeck, administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, is a former RWJF official. Former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Judith Feder served for more than 15 years as an RWJF program director, consultant, and grantee. Dr. Henry Foster, President Clinton's ill-fated nominee for surgeon general, is a former senior advisor to the RWJF.
When it came time to formulate the Clinton plan, the ties became even closer.
In a lawsuit filed against Hillary Clinton and her infamous health-care task force, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and other groups claimed that the RWJF developed the format for the task force. The task for- ce's numerous "working groups" were modeled on plans developed by the founda- tion at the state level. RWJF "fellows" and others closely connected with the foundation served on the task force headed by health-care czar Ira Magaziner. Working-group members whom the White House attempted to portray as con- gressional staffers (to avoid problems with federal laws that proscribe closed-door meetings involving private groups) were in fact RWJF fellows assigned to the staffs of Democratic Sens. Rockefeller, Bumpers, Bradley, Ken- nedy, and Wofford