Americans enraged by Democratic government (and RWJF lobbied) takeover of our private healthcare system can demonstrate their anger with their walletStop spending money on any and all Johnson & Johnson products Tylenol, Bandaid, Nicoderm, etc. (SC Johnson (cleaning product manufacturer) is not related to the J & J pharmaceutical and medical device conglomerate)
RWJF is the private foundation of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer. In a misguided, rent seeking legislative effort, RWJF has been lobbying for government healthcare in the U.S for over 30 years.
- Understanding costs and financing mechanisms through Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (for more information see Grant Results).
- Analyzing proposals to expand coverage through the Economic & Social Research Institute's Covering America project.
- Helping states plan and develop insurance market reforms to expand health coverage for the uninsured through State Initiatives in Health Care Reform.
- Increasing awareness among policy-makers and action by the general public through Cover the Uninsured Week
A major product of the Covering America project was three volumes of comprehensive health coverage proposals that seek to move the country toward universal health coverage.......The proposals were commissioned, reviewed, and assembled by the Economic and Social Research Institute, with a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The motive of course is to increase market share, placement, and sales of J & J products in a newly mandated government healthcare system which also gives the IRS unprecedented control of every Americans financial information including bank accounts, records, and history. And RWJF president Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, has been a regular White House lobbyist / visitor to the Obama White House throughout the healthcare debate. This modus operandi is nothing new to regular CTA readers, RWJF funded smoking ban lobbyists in an effort to ban tobacco nicotine use, because parent company J & J manufactures and sells Nicoderm, Nicotrol, Nicorette, Commit, etc. A rent seeking ploy which successfully tripled demand for the aforementioned pharmaceutical nicotine products according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, once government imposed smoking bans were enacted.
So until Obama's new big government healthcare program is ruled unconstitutional or repealed, use your wallet to punish the lobbying groups like RWJF / J & J Company responsible for getting us into this massive new socialist-style, financially unsustainable, government program.
RWJF financial holdings include but not limited to 80,499,208 and 86,853,208 shares of Johnson & Johnson Common Stock in 2003 and 2002, respectively. This information is found on page 8 of 2004 financials for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At today's Johnson & Johnson price per share 67.36, that's just a shade over $5.4 billion dollars.
Update: Obama's new socialist healthcare bill seems to also be a flimsy excuse to increase taxes on everything and anything, related or not. A new 10% tax on indoor tanning salons starts today.